Putin opposes immediate sanctions on Americans - news agencies

MOSCOW, March 21 Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:22am EDT

MOSCOW, March 21 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia should for the time being refrain from imposing sanctions on Americans in retaliation for punitive measures announced by the United States, Russian news agencies reported.

"I think we should refrain from taking steps in response for now," Interfax quoted Putin as saying. (Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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