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Russian Federation vows response to latest U.S. sanctions

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Orlando Vargas | 22 August, 2018, 09:55

The Treasury Department also hit two Divetechnoservices employees with sanctions.

Relations between Moscow and London are tense after Britain blamed Russia for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in Salisbury. The Treasury Department said it did so because the two companies helped a third Russian firm, Divetechnoservices, avoid USA sanctions.

We should welcome the stance of our new Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on Vladimir Putin's antagonistic regime.

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

Meanwhile on Tuesday Britain's new foreign minister was on his first visit to Washington, partly to press for more sanctions against Russian Federation over the Salisbury attack.

"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.

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"Those who do not share our values need to know that there will always be a serious price to pay if red lines are crossed - whether territorial incursions, the use of banned weapons or, increasingly, cyberattacks", the British foreign secretary said. The American government intends to gradually tighten its unilateral sanctions against Russian Federation until it changes its foreign policy, said Wess Mitchell, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, on Tuesday.

Speaking in the Black Sea resort of Sochi after meeting with the Serbian foreign minister, Lavrov accused British politicians of having "quite a high opinion of themselves". The Kremlin denies involvement.

The U.S. Treasury said in a statement that the sanctioned companies, Saint Petersburg-based Vela-Marine Ltd and Slovakia-based Lacno S.R.O., and the two individuals helped Divetechnoservices evade previously imposed sanctions.

The EU has not imposed economic sanctions related to the chemical attacks in England, although it strongly condemned Moscow over the Skripal poisonings and joined diplomatic sanctions by expelling Russian envoys after the incident.

US and British officials have also accused Russian Federation of seeking to interfere with their elections. More will automatically come into place soon unless Russian Federation complies with United States requests, which is unlikely to happen.

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