United Kingdom to Call for More Sanctions on Russian Federation

Kenny Grant
August 22, 2018

They block the two Russian shipping companies' assets in the US and ban Americans from dealing with them.

More will automatically come into place soon unless Russian Federation complies with U.S. requests, which is unlikely to happen.

Mr. Hunt's expected remarks come at a time when the Trump administration is challenging traditional partnerships over trade and other disputes, rattling allies that have long counted on the U.S.to cooperate on economic and security matters.

Microsoft Corp said late Monday that hackers linked to the Kremlin sought to launch cyberattacks on the Senate and conservative American think tanks, warning of broader attacks ahead of congressional elections in November.

The Kremlin rejected the Microsoft allegations.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in 2016, seeking to tilt the vote in Trump's favor, and, backed by lawmakers, warned that more would come in upcoming elections.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that the new USA sanctions proposals were unfriendly, illegal and would harm world trade.

One of the newly sanctioned companies, Vela-Marine Ltd., tried to act on behalf of Divetechnoservices.

The Trump administration announced earlier Tuesday that it is sanctioning several Russian shipping companies and vessels for violating United Nations sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear program. Our policy remains unchanged: "steady cost-imposition until Russian Federation changes course", Mitchell added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters later Tuesday there was strong interest in legislation to punish Moscow, although he said chances were "probably pretty slim" such a measure would come up for a vote before the November 6 congressional elections. I haven't thought about it. "In Ukraine, we have maintained an effort under Ambassador Kurt Volker to provide the means by which Russian Federation can live up to its commitments under the Minsk Agreements", the diplomat said in his speech at a session of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "There is an escalatory ladder to sanctions".

"Of course we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia's foreign policy under President Putin has made the world a more unsafe place", Hunt will say at the US Institute of Peace in Washington.

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