Britain Calls For More EU Sanctions On Russia

Posted August 22, 2018

"Of course, we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia's foreign policy under President [Vladimir] Putin has made the world a more unsafe place", Hunt said in the speech.

In June, the United States sanctioned Divetechnoservices, also based in Saint Petersburg, for procuring underwater equipment and diving systems for Russian government agencies, including Russia's FSB intelligence agency. The EU also condemned the attack and many member states joined the United Kingdom in expelling dozens of Russian diplomats.

"I think the institutions of government are responding quite well to the Russian threat, not withstanding all this freakish signaling and freaky behavior from the president", he said.

At the same time, U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on assertions that Russian Federation sought to meddle in the U.S. election, taking to social media to dismiss an investigation into Russia's actions as a "rigged witch hunt".

WASHINGTON-The U.K.'s top diplomat was expected to deliver a speech in Washington on Tuesday calling for fresh sanctions against Russian Federation, urging a continued hard line, according to prepared remarks released by the embassy.

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"What you see is an approach to foreign policy that is different to his predecessors but is absolutely focused on upholding the global order", Hunt said.

Wess Mitchell, assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and Marshall Billingslea, assistant Treasury secretary for terrorist financing, left, testify as the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations holds a hearing on US relations with Russia, Aug. 21, 2018.

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

The US has announced additional sanctions on Russian Federation, following its finding that the Salisbury poisoning was organised by Putin's regime.

Cory Gardner pressed both Mitchell and the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea on whether the administration is considering designating Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism - after North Korea was for using a nerve agent in the assassination of Kim Jong Un's half-brother in Malaysia.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a joint news conference following a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Moscow, Russia May 10, 2018.

But the officials faced questions from sceptical lawmakers about the administration's policy toward Russian Federation, particularly since Trump has sent conflicting messages about it.

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Reuters was unable to immediately determine contact information for Lacno, which does not have its own website and which does not list any contact number on the Slovak finance ministry registry of firms website.

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