Russian Federation slams new USA sanctions

24 August, 2018, 08:45 | Author: Frank Williams
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In advance excerpts from his first speech in the the U.K.'s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt says Russia's foreign policy under President Vladimir Putin "has made the world a more unsafe place".

Rostec claims its Avtomatika unit, which specializes in encryption and secure communications, supplies the White House with technology that allows Trump and Putin to communicate privately.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday it needed to understand if there was political will in Washington to cooperate with Russia as it prepared for a meeting between U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev.

Moscow sees gold as a "100per cent guarantee from legal and political risks", Dmitry Tulin, the first deputy governor of Russia's central bank, said when it was first revealed that Russian Federation was selling off United States debt.

The two men are due to meet in Geneva for talks on Thursday in the first high-level meeting since the Russian and US presidents held talks in Helsinki in July.

Even as Trump has sought closer ties with Putin, his administration has intensified economic pressure on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Russia's alleged efforts at meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and disrupting other western democracies. Moscow has repeatedly denied attempting to influence USA elections, including the 2016 presidential vote that brought Trump into office.

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On Tuesday, the US slapped sanctions on two Russian shipping companies over alleged oil trading with North Korea.

"You keep raising it and we'll see what their response is", Bolton said, but added that the administration was conducting extensive defensive and offensive cyber operations to protect the midterm election.

The US has already introduced several rounds of sanctions against the government of President Vladimir Putin for what it calls Russia's meddling in the US Democratic process and its involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

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

In a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry website, Ryabkov said the latest sanctions were introduced under a "false pretense".

In the months since Trump's June summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, North Korea has shown few signs that it intends to surrender its nuclear or ballistic weapons or even to slow down the manufacture of new ones.


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