United States sanctions Russian firms that transferred oil products to North Korean ships

Russia is 'looking for a nuclear-powered missile that went missing': US intelligence sources

"Of course, we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia's foreign policy under President [Vladimir] Putin has made the world a more unsafe place", Hunt said in the speech.

Britain, the European Union, and the United States blame Russia for a nerve agent attack against a former Russian double agent in Salisbury earlier this year.

Ryabkov's criticism extended to separate sanctions Washington imposed on Tuesday on two Russian shipping companies that it said were involved in transferring refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of Unite Nations restrictions.

At the same time, U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on assertions that Russian Federation sought to meddle in the U.S. election, taking to social media to dismiss an investigation into Russia's actions as a "rigged witch hunt".

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two Russians, one Russian company and one Slovakian company for what Washington said were their actions to help another Russian company avoid sanctions over the country's malicious cyber-related activities.

The Obama administration sanctioned the FSB in December 2016, citing the Russian government's aggressive harassment of USA officials and cyber operations aimed at the 2016 US presidential election.

But A. Wess Mitchell, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, voiced urgent concern that Putin essentially is attacking the U.S.

Turkey agrees with Russia over partial lifting of visas
President Donald Trump on Friday ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling U.S. tariffs on Turkish aluminium and steel imports. Beijing first commented on the issue on Friday in a foreign ministry statement in which it offered moral support to Turkey.

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

"Today the United Kingdom asks its allies to go further by calling 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.", Hunt will tell an audience in Washington in his first major speech since his appointment in July.

Already, existing sanctions are believed to have cost Russian Federation up to $10 billion in arms sales alone, while slashing foreign investment by 80 percent. The Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, was also angered last week after he received a warning from the U.S. against buying submarines and other equipment from Moscow.

The sanctions seek to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear program.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a joint news conference following a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Moscow, Russia May 10, 2018.

Microsoft said late Monday it had detected and disrupted efforts by the Kremlin-linked group known as Fancy Bear or APT28, to hack into or attack conservative USA think tanks as well as several US senators.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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