"Stubborn and aggressive" approach: in Russian Federation responded to U.S. sanctions

"Stubborn and aggressive" approach: in Russian Federation responded to U.S. sanctions

The Department of the Treasury announced that the sanctions target persons involved in the banned ship-to-ship transfer of refined petroleum products to North Korea-flagged vessels.

They were accused of providing assistance for a sanctioned Russian entity.

"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. For North Korea, it adds to efforts to isolate the regime even with the face-to-face meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un earlier this year.

Of the six Russian vessels now facing USA sanctions, four entered South Korean ports this year, according to the Voice of America on Wednesday.

"As usual, [Washington provided] no evidence or justification while only throwing out vicious innuendos", Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement on USA accusations that Russian Federation violated worldwide restrictions on trade with North Korea and is engaging in some illicit activities in cyberspace.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto following their talks in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018.

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The latest drop in the value of the Russian currency came amid talk that the USA was readying further sanctions.

Trump and Putin met in Helsinki in July, their first bilateral meeting, after which the United States president was highly criticised at home for being very conciliatory with his Russian counterpart. "We will not hesitate to do so if its conduct does not demonstrably and significantly change".

"The country, which is leaving the European Union as part of Brexit, is trying to dictate foreign policy to the European Union, and now it turns out that London wants to dictate foreign policy with regard to Russian Federation to Washington as well", he added.

"We must engage with Moscow but we must also be blunt".

Putin also said Europe needed the Moscow-backed Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project, an initiative that Trump has harshly criticised, and that Russian Federation was the most suitable supplier of energy for Europe.

"Such aggressive and malign behavior undermines the worldwide order that keeps us safe", Hunt was to tell an audience at the US Institute of Peace, a nonpartisan think tank, according to excerpts provided by the Foreign Office.

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