Antonov's words are quoted by the Russian embassy on Facebook.

He noted that it is puzzling that "with what manic persistence" American lawmakers are trying to bring down relations between the two countries.

According to Antonov, this is confirmed by a new attempt by US congressmen "to impose restrictions on 35 Russians under a completely far-fetched pretext."

“We call on members of Congress to abandon destructive approaches and“ throw off the anti-Russian blinders, ”the ambassador said.

Antonov added that the congressman "is high time to realize that there is no alternative to a constructive and mutually respectful dialogue with Russia."

Earlier, members of the US House of Representatives Rules Committee approved an amendment to the defense budget for the next fiscal year, which recommends the country's administration to consider the possibility of sanctions against 35 Russian businessmen, journalists and politicians.

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