Putin deplores USA sanctions, but lauds Trump meeting

24 August, 2018, 10:55 | Author: Gerard Cortez
  • Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Earlier on Tuesday, the Treasury announced to sanction several Russia-related individuals and entities over their involvement in actions against the US sanctions.

Putin also reiterated on Wednesday that his meeting with US President Donald Trump in July was "useful".

Slow-witted and blinkered: Moscow slams "aggressive" United States sanctions, vows response Washington's policy on relations with Russia is apparently aimed at disrupting any normal dialogue, as it constantly invents new "false pretexts" for introducing more sanctions, the Russian deputy foreign minister has said.

Abdul Kayum Kuchai, Afghanistan's ambassador in Moscow, welcomed the Taliban's involvement in the talks, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Two U.S. Senate committees held simultaneous hearings on Russia on Tuesday, where some lawmakers chastised administration officials for failing to sufficiently answer their questions, and for sending conflicting messages and doing too little to change Russian behaviour. However, a new salvo of US sanctions was announced in the wake of the meeting after Trump came under fire at home for his handling of the summit.

Earlier this year, the USA unveiled sanctions aimed at the illegal trade of petroleum products, coal and other goods with North Korea. USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 campaign, seeking to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

"Russia is the optimal supplier to the European economy".

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The United States on Tuesday sanctioned two Russian shipping companies and six Russian vessels for allegedly helping North Korea's illicit activities in violation of worldwide sanctions.

Ryabkov's criticism extended to separate sanctions Washington imposed on Tuesday on two Russian shipping companies that it said were involved in transferring refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of Unite Nations restrictions.

Britain's foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, wants the European Union to follow the United States' lead and impose sanctions upon Russian Federation as punishment for a chemical attack that was allegedly carried out by Russian Federation on British soil earlier this year, a claim that Moscow has consistently denied.

Moscow has repeatedly said that it reserves the right to take additional countermeasures against US diplomatic properties in Russian Federation if Washington continues hostility.

Mitchell also said foreign direct investment in Russian Federation has fallen by 80 percent since 2013, "which is a pretty stunning number". Three other fake sites were created to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate. "We are aware of what additional steps would be needed to make an even bigger point".

"There is an enormous amount of money that is still being exfiltrated from Russian Federation by both organised crime and cronies surrounding Putin", Billingslea said. The British Embassy previewed his speech on Monday. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.


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