United States sanctions individuals, entities over Russian Federation, N.Korea ties

Kevin Lamarque  Reuters

Initial Russian triumphalism after the summit turned sour however as anger over what some USA lawmakers saw as an over deferential Trump performance galvanised a new sanctions push.

"And they had played right into the Russians - if it was Russia - they played right into the Russians' hands".

Hunt made the call on his first U.S. trip as Foreign Secretary, telling the audience at the United States Institute for Peace that the European Union should be "blunt" and ensure its sanctions against Russian Federation mean the continent stands "shoulder-to-shoulder with the US".

Microsoft said earlier Tuesday that that one of the same Russian hacking groups accused of meddling in the 2016 race was recently caught creating websites mimicking conservative think-tanks and the U.S. Senate, raising concerns about either enduring cyberattacks prior to the November midterm elections.

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

The U.S. sanctioned owners of six Russian ships over allegations that they are helping transfer refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of worldwide prohibitions.

The United States slapped sanctions Tuesday on two Russian shipping companies and six Russian vessels for helping North Korea violate United Nations sanctions.

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The United States' continued sanctions on foreign entities for illicit deals with the North is seen as a display of Washington's determination not to lift sanctions unless Pyongyang takes tangible steps toward denuclearization. This was stated by Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov, reports the press service of the Ministry.

Mitchell also said foreign direct investment in Russian Federation has fallen by 80 percent since 2013, "which is a pretty stunning number".

US-based tech giant Microsoft also accused Russian Federation of trying to launch cyber attacks on the US Senate.

"The worsening of bilateral relations is continuing, we need to identify some kind of areas for cooperation and also to understand if there are any such areas and whether our counterpart (the United States) has a desire for this", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

Hunt's three-day trip to the USA will include an opportunity to address the United Nations Security Council, where he will speak about the worldwide fight against Islamic State and other Islamist terror groups. "However, they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing", according to the blog post.

"We are enormously grateful for the solidarity shown by the USA as they stood with us when a chemical weapon was inexcusably used in Salisbury earlier this year. Such information (proof) is lacking", he added. "Finnish companies invest in Russian Federation actively".

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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