Russia Vows to Respond to 'Groundless' U.S. Sanctions

Devin Lawrence
August 24, 2018

Rostec claims its Avtomatika unit, which specializes in encryption and secure communications, supplies the White House with technology that allows Trump and Putin to communicate privately.

Mr Hunt also met a number of USA diplomats expelled from Russia in retaliation for 60 Russian diplomats expelled from Washington as part of the coordinated response to the Salisbury attacks.

At his July summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki, Trump appeared to be rather conciliatory towards his counterpart, shortly after raising hackles at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels with his contrarian stance. In February, President Donald Trump said the sanctions were the heaviest ever imposed on a country.

Mr Hunt was challenged over Donald Trump's record and answered accusations that the USA leader had done more to disrupt alliances, he said: "My interpretation of President Trump, having met him briefly when he came over to the United Kingdom for the visit in July, is that this is someone who does fundamentally believe there should be a rules-based order internationally".

"Russia is the optimal supplier to the European economy".

"I hope it [the meeting] will be productive", Lavrov also said, according to an official transcript.

Tensions with Russian Federation remain high amid the investigation into its interference in the 2016 US presidential election and whether it colluded with Trump or members of his campaign.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the Treasury announced to sanction several Russia-related individuals and entities over their involvement in actions against the US sanctions.

WASHINGTON-The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on two Russian shipping companies and six vessels it said were involved in the transfer of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of United Nations restrictions.

The United States has been pressuring North Korea via sanctions to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Russia conducted global talks on Afghanistan in April previous year, but the United States did not attend, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"You keep raising it and we'll see what their response is", Bolton said, but added that the administration was conducting extensive defensive and offensive cyber operations to protect the midterm election.

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

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