Britain Calls For More EU Sanctions On Russia

Jeremy Hunt and wife Lucia at Blenheim Palace for Donald Trump visit

Image Jeremy Hunt and wife Lucia at Blenheim Palace for Donald Trump's visit

"Of course, we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia's foreign policy under President [Vladimir] Putin has made the world a more unsafe place", Hunt said in the speech.

In the worst reboot of The Hunt For Red October we've ever heard, Russian Federation has lost a secretive nuclear-powered cruise missile at sea during a failed test in the last several months, CNBC reports.

"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.

Trump told Reuters on Monday that the probe by the Special Counsel's office into Russian interference in the 2016 election has "played right into the Russians - if it was Russia".

Moscow has repeatedly denied attempting to influence USA elections, including the 2016 presidential vote that brought Trump into office.


"Though Russia's malign activities continue, we believe its adventurism undoubtedly has been checked by the knowledge that we can bring much more economic pain to bear", Acting Deputy Treasury Secretary Sigal Mandelker told the Senate Banking Committee.

The reports from testing don't support the Russian president's claims.

Members of Congress, where both chambers are controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, have called for more action, including introducing new sanctions legislation "from hell", to punish Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea, involvement in Syria's civil war and cyber attacks seeking to influence US elections.

The status of the missile and its nuclear fuel is unknown, and its disappearance has reportedly triggered an an all-out search in the Barents Sea north of Scandinavia by Russian military personnel. The U.S. expelled 60 Russians from diplomatic missions in the U.S. and shuttered the Seattle consulate over it.

Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chair of the committee who's been critical of Trump, offered praise for the administration's policies, but said Trump's rhetoric has "undermined" those policies and helped "create additional disunity with the West".


"President Trump is the most active president on social media that there's ever been", the British foreign secretary said.

President Donald Trump meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

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

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov is denying the allegations and says that Microsoft's statement lacks detail and it wasn't clear "who the hackers in question are" and how they could distort the US electoral system.

Administration officials insisted existing sanctions were hitting Russian Federation.


It also slapped Russian shipping companies with new sanctions for violating United Nations restrictions transferring refined petroleum products to North Korea.

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