Britain Calls For More EU Sanctions On Russia

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

Asked whether he would consider lifting Russian Federation sanctions, Trump said: "No".

Moscow supported an Afghan government offer of a three-month ceasefire, and regretted that the Taliban rejected the offer on Monday, the ministry said.

"Microsoft is playing political games", it cited the source as saying.

Abdul Kayum Kuchai, Afghanistan's ambassador in Moscow, welcomed the Taliban's involvement in the talks, the RIA news agency reported.

The Russian authorities deny allegations from Microsoft that hackers linked to Russia's government tried to target the websites of two right-wing United States think tanks, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.

Russian officials dismissed the company's claims as unfounded.

The committee's chairman, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, a Republican, called Trump's comments "undisciplined".

On Monday, President Trump again said he would like better ties with Russian Federation, and suggested he was open to easing sanctions in return for Russian Federation doing thinks for the US. This was followed by a flurry of senators rejecting that idea, and demanding even more sanctions.

"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. "Russia's foreign policy under President Putin has made the world a more risky place".




Information from Reuters was used in this report.

The status of the missile and its nuclear fuel is unknown, and its disappearance has reportedly triggered an an all-out search in the Barents Sea north of Scandinavia by Russian military personnel.

In addition, they recalled that the administration had expelled 60 Russian spies and closed Russia's consulates in San Francisco and Seattle.

President Donald Trump meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. Lawmakers chastised administration officials for doing too little to change Russian behaviour.

USA lawmakers pushed for more aggressive steps to counteract the Russian "menace" on Tuesday, despite Trump administration officials insisting current sanctions were having an effect and vowing to impose more economic pain if Moscow does not change its behaviour.

"Had we not been applying the kind of massive pressure we are applying on the regime, their behavior would be off the charts", Billingslea said, adding that sanctions had limited their "freedom to act and the amount of resources they have on hand".

It also slapped Russian shipping companies with new sanctions for violating United Nations restrictions transferring refined petroleum products to North Korea.

Both officials said the administration has the sanctions authorities it needs and favors a "continuation" of the current strategy.

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