Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday that his country and the U.S. should focus on establishing a better relationship, after the Treasury Department's published a list of Russian oligarchs on Monday.
“We want to establish long-term and stable relations,” Putin said.
The Russian leader said his government was not planning retaliation against the U.S. despite being unhappy with the list.
More than 200 people, including 96 "oligarchs" worth at least $1 billion, were named in a document Monday that had been mandated by a sanctions package that was signed last August.
The Treasury said the list is not being used to target those people with sanctions, and said the U.S. still hopes it can coerce the Russian government into cooperating with the U.S. by scaring some of Russia's biggest banks, metals magnates, and fuel industry leaders.
On Monday, meanwhile, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he expects Russia to attempt to affect the upcoming midterm elections in the U.S.
"I haven't seen a significant decrease in their activity," Pompeo told the BBC.