Britain presses for more European Union sanctions against Russian Federation

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Lavrov told reporters in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on August 21 that Russian Federation had invited the Taliban to the meeting, scheduled for September 4, adding that "the initial reaction has been positive".

Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department said Washington would impose new sanctions on Russia around August 22 over the alleged poison attack on ex-Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia in the British city of Salisbury in March.

But the officials faced questions from skeptical lawmakers about the administration's policy toward Russian Federation, particularly since Trump has sent conflicting messages about it.

Mitchell denied that. "This is the president's administration, this is his foreign policy". "His is a strategy of chaos for strategic effect". Tim Scott, R-S.C. told her. "I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us".

Russian officials dismissed the company's claims as unfounded.

However, Billingslea said in the hearing that considering the size of the Russian economy and its deep integration into the global economy and financial system, USA "sanctions are not and can not be the only tool on which we rely". He said the European Union and United States should respond to Russian Federation with "one voice".

The US government has sanctioned Russian entities over the past several years for meddling in Ukraine, attempting to influence US elections, playing a role in a nerve agent attack in Britain and violating United Nations sanctions on North Korea. Without the American measures, Moscow's behaviour would be further "off the charts", Mitchell said.

The attempted murder of Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent in the English town of Salisbury was an example of how Putin's foreign policy "has made the world a more unsafe place", Hunt said.

Earlier this year, the United States unveiled sanctions aimed at the illegal trade of petroleum products, coal and other goods with North Korea.

Tuesday's action freezes any assets held in the Marina Igorevna Tsareva and Anton Aleksandrovich Nagibin, as well as by the companies Vela-Marine and Lacno S.R.O., which is based in Slovakia.

"Today, the United Kingdom asks its allies to go further by calling on the European Union to ensure its sanctions against Russian Federation are comprehensive, and that we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the US", Hunt will say, according to the excerpts.

The sanctions freeze any assets they may have in US jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them.

TASS also reports that sanctions apply to six Russian vessels for violating USA sanctions regarding North Korea.

The action targets Primorye Maritime Logistics and Gudzon Shipping, both based in Vladivostok, Russia, as well as six Russia-flagged vessels, including five identified as linked to Gudzon.

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