United Kingdom to Call for More Sanctions on Russian Federation

22 August, 2018, 14:29 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Jeremy Hunt and wife Lucia at Blenheim Palace for Donald Trump visit

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two Russians, one Russian company and one Slovakian company for what Washington said were their actions to help another Russian company avoid sanctions over the country's malicious cyber-related activities. "We believe our sanctions, cumulatively, have cost the Russian government tens of billions of dollars on top of the broader impact on state-owned sectors and the chilling effect of USA sanctions on the Russian economy", said the U.S. assistant secretary of state.

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And in an interview Monday with the Reuters news agency, Trump said he would consider lifting sanctions against Russian Federation in exchange for cooperation in Syria or Ukraine.

Britain, the European Union, and the United States blame Russia for a nerve agent attack against a former Russian double agent in Salisbury earlier this year.

In addition, they recalled that the administration had expelled 60 Russian spies and closed Russia's consulates in San Francisco and Seattle.

The software giant said it had thwarted the Russia-linked attempts last week, which it suggested showed Moscow was broadening its attacks in the buildup to November elections.

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Hunt, who took over from Boris Johnson as Britain's foreign secretary in July, will meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other U.S. officials on August 21, and address the United Nations Security Council on August 23.

"What you see is an approach to foreign policy that is different to his predecessors but is absolutely focused on upholding the global order", Hunt said.

Cory Gardner pressed both Mitchell and the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea on whether the administration is considering designating Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism - after North Korea was for using a nerve agent in the assassination of Kim Jong Un's half-brother in Malaysia.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 13, 2018.

Still, some lawmakers and other officials are concerned Russia's behavior is not changing quickly enough.

As if to back up Hunt's assertions, top administration officials told USA lawmakers Tuesday they are prepared to impose additional sanctions on Russian Federation if its behavior does not change. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the latest U.S. sanctions were based on "malicious insinuations" and a "hardheaded, narrow-minded and aggressive approach by the US".

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