United States to step up pressure on Russian Federation with more sanctions

United States to step up pressure on Russian Federation with more sanctions

United States to step up pressure on Russian Federation with more sanctions

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on them on August 21, claiming that they violated a UN Security Council resolution by conducting oil transshipment.

Earlier on Tuesday, the US Treasury Department announced that it imposed sanctions on two Russian individuals, three companies and six Russian-flagged ships over alleged violations in its trade with North Korea and its cyber-activities.

The latest drop in the value of the ruble came amid reports that the United States was preparing further sanctions against Moscow.

Hunt, who is to meet on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, will ask London's allies to do more.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called the sanctions as well as other US steps over alleged hacking groundless and promised a response.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Tuesday suggested that President Donald Trump was sending "signals" to Russian President Vladimir Putin by continuing to equivocate over whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

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"President Trump is the most active president on social media that there's ever been", the British foreign secretary said.

It also slapped Russian shipping companies with new sanctions for violating United Nations restrictions transferring refined petroleum products to North Korea.

Moscow has repeatedly said that it reserves the right to take additional countermeasures against US diplomatic properties in Russian Federation if Washington continues hostility.

Meanwhile, Britain's new foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is set to push the United States into slapping tougher sanctions on Russian Federation, in response to Moscow's "malign" behavior around the world.

Now that Washington has started talks with the Taliban, it appears that it wants to strengthen its efforts in this regard by appointing Zalmai Khalilzad as Washington's special envoy for Afghanistan, the source said.

The South Korean government will decide how to handle the issue through consultations with the United States, a government official told reporters.

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