Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warns Russia not to meddle in 2018 elections
Mitch McConnell speaks to ABC News (screen grab)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the chamber could consider new sanctions against Russia and warned Russia not to meddle in the U.S. mid-term elections in November.

Speaking to reporters a day after U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and then in a joint news conference declined to embrace U.S. intelligence organizations’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election, McConnell said: “It really better not happen again in 2018.”

Reporting by Richard Cowan and Amanda Becker; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by James Dalgleish