Putin says USA sanctions 'counterproductive and senseless'

Putin says USA sanctions 'counterproductive and senseless'

Putin says USA sanctions 'counterproductive and senseless'

He will today challenge the European Union to "stand shoulder to shoulder" with the United States by imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation over the Salisbury novichok poisoning.

The Kremlin pushed back Wednesday after Facebook said it removed content linked to Russian military intelligence services, accusing the social network of blaming Moscow without offering any evidence.

The U.S. operates on the principle of "the worse, the better", Rybkov said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry website that detailed the sanctions for alleged violations of United Nations and U.S. sanctions on North Korea.

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

Moscow is bracing itself for a slew of new US sanctions despite Putin meeting US President Donald Trump at a summit in Helsinki in July, an encounter both sides said went well.

Against the euro, the rouble weakened 1.2 percent to 78.77, a level last seen on April 11 amid a previous round of market volatility driven by USA sanctions.

Reading from a script at the White House, he said that he had actually meant to say that he didn't know why the Russians "wouldn't" interfere in U.S. elections and said he had made unequivocal statements on Moscow's culpability on multiple occasions.

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The U.S. Treasury has designated two more Russian firms and six vessels in connection with the North Korean nuclear sanctions program.

The department said the buyer of the oil was the Workers' Party of Korea Office, which the USA described as engaging "in illicit economic activities for North Korean leadership" in a statement issued Tuesday.

Tuesday's announcement came just days after Washington imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency as well as Chinese companies for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of USA sanctions.

The diplomat is sure that after these actions the Americans makes no sense to speak about any improvement of relations between the two countries.

Hunt is speaking Tuesday morning at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

In the meantime, the South Korean government is now detaining three ships, such as the Lighthouse Winmore, for involvement in coal transshipment for North Korea. The British Embassy previewed his speech on Monday.

The actions banned exports of North Korean raw commodities and capped the regime's imports of oil in a bid to stop the flow of revenue and resources needed to develop the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

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