USA sanctions two Russian shippers for oil transfers to North Korea

Jeremy Hunt and wife Lucia at Blenheim Palace for Donald Trump visit

Jeremy Hunt and wife Lucia at Blenheim Palace for Donald Trump visit

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Russia had extended invitations to a dozen countries, including the United States, to the talks.

A summit with U.S. President Donald Trump was useful but U.S. sanctions against Moscow are counter-productive and pointless, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

European Commission deputy chief spokesman Alexander Winterstein, asked if commission president Jean-Claude Juncker still wanted an end to "Russia-bashing" or now favoured a tougher stance outlined by Britain, told reporters in Brussels: "The position of the president has not changed, it's fully in tune with the position of the European Union".

In addition to his criticism of Russian Federation in relation to the Wiltshire poisonings and its annexation of Crimea, Hunt attacked Moscow for supporting the Assad regime in Syria.

Her observation came in response to the recent announcement by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation Christopher Ford that Washington is ready to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation for its alleged interference in the 2016 elections.

"If you look at the actions of President Trump what you see is an approach to foreign policy that is different from his predecessors but is absolutely focused on upholding the worldwide order", Hunt said. Without the American measures, Moscow's behaviour would be further "off the charts", Mitchell said.

"There is an enormous amount of money that is still being exfiltrated from Russian Federation by both organised crime and cronies surrounding Putin", Billingslea said.

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Russia denies accusations of election meddling, but suspicions of interference deepened Tuesday when Microsoft said it had uncovered new Russian hacking efforts targeting US political groups before November's midterm elections.

"I think this administration has been clear that we are prepared to take additional steps", Mitchell said.

Putin also said Europe needed the Moscow-led Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project and that Russian Federation was the most suitable supplier of energy for Europe.

The U.S. alleges that Marina Igorevna Tsareva, an import manager for Divetechnoservices, attempted to help the company circumvent U.S. sanctions through Vela-Marine Limited of St. Petersburg.

Ryabkov's criticism extended to separate sanctions Washington imposed on Tuesday on two Russian shipping companies that it said were involved in transferring refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of Unite Nations restrictions.

"Consequences for violating these sanctions will remain in place until we have achieved the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea", he said.

Treasury named Vladivostok, Russia-based shipping companies Primorye Maritime Logistics and Gudzon Shipping, the registered shipowners and managers of Russia-flagged merchant vessel Patriot.

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