US blacklist is blow to ties with Russia: Kremlin

Moscow: Washington's publication of a blacklist of 18 Russian officials allegedly connected to the prison death of a Russian lawyer is "a blow" to relations, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Sunday.

"It's a blow to Russia-US bilateral relations," Dmitri Peskov told a Russian television station, according to the Interfax news agency.

He added that Moscow viewed Washington's action as "direct interference in its domestic affairs".