Russian Foreign Ministry claims new sanctions will harm restoration of ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on March 24, 2016. (AFP/Alexander Nemenov)

New U.S. sanctions on Russia are counterproductive and will harm a restoration of bilateral ties, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing Konstantin Dolgov, Foreign Ministry commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Kevin Liffey)