Moscow calls news USA sanctions groundless, promises response

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

The US has already introduced several rounds of sanctions against the government of President Vladimir Putin for what it calls Russia's meddling in the US Democratic process and its involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

Rostec representatives initially revealed their claims about a secret hotline to the state-run Sputnik, and other Kremlin-backed outlets reported the company's claims.

Reuters reported that the diplomat is well suited to the hard task of persuading the insurgents to talk, according to a former senior usa official, who asked not to be further identified.

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

"Of course we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia's foreign policy under President Putin has made the world a more risky place".

"This is a very smart move from Putin", Jim Rickards, author and editor of newsletter Strategic Intelligence, said in an interview. Who knows? We're going to see", he said, adding about Kim, "I like him.

The US government has sanctioned Russian entities over the past several years for meddling in Ukraine, attempting to influence US elections and violating United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

It could also slap much broader penalties as a effect of the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain in March. More will automatically come into place soon unless Russian Federation complies with United States requests, which is unlikely to happen.

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.

Mr Hunt's appeal follows an announcement of a new tranche of United States sanctions triggered by a decades-old law on the use of chemical weapons rather than a political decision by the Trump administration. "No one expected that all disputed issues could be settled during a two-hour meeting, but a direct conversation and exchange of opinions are always useful".

"Europe needs Nord Stream 2", Mr Putin said.

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. We are ready to compete with everyone. "We hope that our American partners will eventually realize the uselessness of this kind of politics and we will start constructive cooperation".

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