Putin says latest United States sanctions senseless

Putin says latest United States sanctions senseless

Putin says latest United States sanctions senseless

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that new US sanctions introduced over alleged hacking and illegal oil products supply to North Korea were groundless, promising a response from Moscow.

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on various Russian entities on Tuesday, and a new tranche of sanctions announced by the U.S. State Department earlier this month was expected to take effect later on Wednesday.

TASS also reports that sanctions apply to six Russian vessels for violating USA sanctions regarding North Korea. Both North Korean vessels are blocked by USA and United Nations sanctions.

Among the discussion topics are Iran, North Korea, Syria, Yemen and the Middle East peace process, the Foreign Office said.

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". The companies include Vela-Marine Ltd. and two people associated with sanctioned companies, Marina Igorevna Tsareva and Anton Aleksandrovich Nagibin.

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Tuesday's action targeted Primorye Maritime Logistics Co. and Gudzon Shipping Co., based in the city of Vladivostok, and six of their vessels.

Mr Hunt also met a number of U.S. diplomats expelled from Russia in retaliation for 60 Russian diplomats expelled from Washington as part of the coordinated response to the Salisbury attacks.

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

"Ship-to-ship transfers with North Korea-flagged vessels from Russian Federation or elsewhere of any goods being supplied, sold, or transferred to or from the DPRK are prohibited under the UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea and are sanctionable under U.S. law", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The British Embassy previewed his speech on Monday.

Treasury officials cited the sanctions Tuesday during two separate hearings in the US Senate, where lawmakers are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation that could hamper oil and gas flows, upstream investment and access to debt.

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