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|Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the meeting with his authorized representatives ahead of the presidential elections in March at the Gostiny Dvor shopping mall in Moscow , Russia, Jan. 30, 2018. (XinhuaWu Zhuang)
MOSCOW, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Russia is still ready to mend tieswith the United States despite the prospect of new sanctionsbrought by Washington's newly released "Kremlin list," RussianPresident Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
The U.S. Treasury Department late Monday published a list of 114Russian political figures and 96 business leaders widely seen aspotential targets for new sanctions , although the documentspecifies that it should not be interpreted as a sanctionslist.
"It is definitely an unfriendly act. It complicates Russia-U.S.relations, which are in a difficult situation even without this,and it also causes damage to the international relations ingeneral," Putin said at a meeting with the trustees of hispresidential campaign.
While underscoring that Russia cannot "surrender positionsendlessly," the president said that Moscow is not interested insevering ties with Washington.
Instead , it wanted to develop stable relations with Washingtonbased on international law and the two major nuclear powers areexpected by their peoples to "build up their ties in a modern waywith respect to each other," he said.
"We are not going to pick a fight and to aggravate thesituation. We want and will be building relations patiently, as faras the other side is ready, the American side in this case," Putinsaid.
He said Moscow had expected the publication of the list and wasready to take steps in response , which "could drive our relationstowards an absolute zero."
However, Russia would refrain from such steps for the time beingand would attentively monitor the development of the situation,Putin said.
According to the Treasury, each figure in the "Kremlin report"has an estimated net worth of 1 billion U.S. dollars.
The document also has classified annexes, which includeindividuals with a lower official position or with a net worthbelow 1 billion dollars , as well as companies with state ownershipof at least 25 percent and with 2016 revenues of 2 billion dollarsor more. Enditem
The Kremlin said on Monday it did not regard opposition leader Alexei Navalny as a political threat to the upcoming presidential election and that protests he had organized on Sunday had been sparsely attended in places.
Navalny, who has been barred from running over what he says is a trumped-up suspended prison sentence, has called on voters to boycott what he says will be a rigged election on March 18.
Opinion polls show incumbent President Vladimir Putin is on track to be easily re-elected.
Though unlikely to influence the result, Navalny's call for a boycott attracted thousands of protesters to rallies across Russia on Sunday, which saw the opposition leader detained by the police for several hours.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Monday it was unlikely that anyone could compete with Putin in the race.
"Putin is an absolute leader in the public's opinion , a leader of the political Olympus, with whom at this stage it is unlikely anyone could compete," Peskov said.
He said some of the protests had been thinly attended.
Asked whether the Kremlin considered Navalny a threat, Peskov said "no."
Around 1,500 protesters converged at a square adjacent to the Kremlin on Sunday , with hundreds also attending rallies in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-biggest city, in Yekaterinburg in the Ural mountains, and other major centers.
Moments after Navalny appeared at Sunday's rally in Moscow he was wrestled into a patrol wagon and taken into detention.
He was released around midnight without charges, his lawyer Olga Mikhailova said , but would face court at a later date.
After surprising pretty much everyone with solid growth in the first half, China's economy has continued to motor along nicely with a flurry of data for August expected to show momentum will largely hold up through to the end of the year despite tighter policy.
Annual growth in the Chinese economy picked up to 6.9 percent in the first six months of the year, as brightening global demand boosted Chinese shipments and resilient domestic consumption helped to cushion the impact of policymakers' efforts to reduce debt and cool the property market.
The growth momentum has surprised most China observers, especially in light of the Chinese government's campaign to wean the economy off a years-long debt-fueled binge, with early fears of a sharper downturn well and truly put to bed.
According to a Reuters poll of analysts , over the next few weeks a flurry of data for August is likely to back market expectations for growth to taper off only modestly from the first half's pace, with some areas of the economy such as smaller firms seen bearing the brunt of tightening financial conditions.
On the whole, the August data set should support views that China's economy will be in good shape heading into a key Party meeting and give policymakers a comfortable cushion through to the end of the year to deepen much-needed reforms.
China's economic numbers so far have been encouraging for world trade even as risks to the global economy have increased this year from rising US protectionism and growing tensions in the Korean Peninsula.
Strong factory reports last week showed strength in the industrial sector continued through August, while Chinese demand has lifted commodities prices from steel to iron ore and underpinned a resurgence in global growth.
Most economists now forecast China's economy will slow only moderately through the end of the year and handily beat the government's 2017 growth.