Britain Confident Trump Will Stand Up to Putin

Britain Confident Trump Will Stand Up to Putin

Britain Confident Trump Will Stand Up to Putin

In addition, of the 580 current US sanctions against Russian Federation, the Trump administration has imposed 217, according to his testimony.

The U.S. expelled 60 Russian diplomats and imposed sanctions, pointing to the use of a Soviet-era nerve toxin known as Novichok.

Britain's foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, will say that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the world "a more unsafe place", and that after a chemical weapons attack in England, the European Union should apply more pressure to ensure Russia sticks to global rules.

"The chilling effect on the Russian economy... has been significant and measurable", the official said, telling committee members that 217 Russian individuals and entities have been hit by American sanctions so far.

Making his first visit to the United States since taking office, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to deliver a speech Tuesday that will call on the European Union "to ensure its sanctions against Russian Federation are comprehensive, and that we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the U.S.". "And that's a big thing for them", Trump said in an Oval Office interview with Reuters.

Marshall Billingslea, the US Treasury Department's top terrorist financing official, acknowledged that the threat from Russian Federation was "significant and continuing" but told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that without the sanctions "their behaviour would be even further off the charts". 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.

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 USA relations with Russia, Aug. 21, 2018.

Treasury's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, faced similar scepticism in a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee.

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It also slapped Russian shipping companies with new sanctions for violating United Nations restrictions transferring refined petroleum products to North Korea. Both officials said that would require a State Department review, but Billingsea noted Russian Federation has "definitely engaged in outrageous behavior", including other attempted assassinations on foreign soil.

Moscow has rejected Microsoft's allegations, saying there is no evidence to support them.

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