Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

United States to continue its 'steady cost-imposition' policy until Russian Federation changes course

United States to continue its 'steady cost-imposition' policy until Russian Federation changes course

Separately Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions against two Russian companies and a Russian individual for helping Moscow try to avoid existing sanctions due to Russia's cyber activities.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told an audience in Washington it is essential for the U.S., Britain and the European Union to stand firm against Russian President Vladimir Putin's increasingly risky attacks on long-standing global norms.

"In Ukraine, we have maintained an effort under Ambassador Kurt Volker to provide the means by which Russian Federation can live up to its commitments under the Minsk Agreements", the diplomat said in his speech at a session of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov responded Tuesday in a statement on the ministry's website, saying the new USA sanctions were groundless, promising a response from Moscow.

Without further action, Hunt said, NATO's "credibility" will be undermined.

Many EU states are reluctant to impose more sanctions on Russian Federation however. "And now, as it turns out, London wants to dictate foreign policy on Russia in Washington", the Russian foreign minister said.

"A country which is leaving the European Union in the framework of Brexit is trying to dictate foreign policy to the European Union itself".

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Christine Gentert said a prayer, adding that she wanted Shanann Watts to be remembered for her smile and her love for others. He told police that "in a rage" he then murdered his wife at their home in the small town of Frederick.

Lavrov said Moscow had many times offered to sit down with Britain and discuss problems affecting bilateral ties, but had always been rebuffed "in a high-handed way".

Two other British citizens living nearby were also exposed to the substance months later, and one of them died, in an incident British police believe was related to the first one.

But earlier this month, the United States, citing the Salisbury incident, imposed sanctions that, starting on August 22, will bar Russian Federation from buying sensitive US technology goods. The Kremlin denies involvement.

Moscow has repeatedly said that introduction of sanctions by Washington is counterproductive, with the Russian Foreign Ministry calling them illegitimate and useless.

USA and British officials have also accused Russian Federation of seeking to interfere with their elections.

The announcement of the actions came as United States lawmakers urged tighter economic restrictions on Moscow and Britain's top diplomat accused Russia's leader of pursuing policies that are making the world more risky.

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