Russian President Vladimir Putin deplores U.S. sanctions as counter-productive and pointless

Russian President Vladimir Putin deplores U.S. sanctions as counter-productive and pointless

Russian President Vladimir Putin deplores U.S. sanctions as counter-productive and pointless

- President Donald Trump is facing fresh political heat over his relationship with Vladimir Putin over details of a new Russian hacking strike against United States democracy that emerged hours after he again cast doubt on Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential race.

In a statement, published on the ministry website, he also said the sanctions were introduced under a "false pretence".

The Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on two Russians, one Russian company and one Slovakian firm over actions it said helped another Russian company avoid penalties over cyber-related activities.

The Patriot conducted two ship-to-ship oil transfers for North Korea in early 2018, moving 1,500 tons to North Korea-flagged Chong Rim 2 and 2,000 tons to Chon Ma San, Treasury said. He also warned that the administration was concerned about election meddling by China, Iran and North Korea.

The rouble has shed more than 8 percent of its value against the dollar so far this month, vulnerable to risk aversion and volatility that was fuelled by jitters in other emerging markets and threats of further US sanctions.

The Donald Trump administration named additional targets of its North Korea sanctions for the third time this month alone. On Tuesday, that pressure grew with the announcement of sanctions against a variety of marine companies for supplying underwater equipment and diving systems to Russian government agencies, including the Federal Security Service.

Tuesday's action freezes any assets held in the U.S.by Marina Igorevna Tsareva and Anton Aleksandrovich Nagibin, as well as by the companies Vela-Marine and Lacno S.R.O., which is based in Slovakia.

The second round of sanctions described by a senior US State Department official as "draconian" could seriously crack down on trade and prevent Russian state carrier airline Aeroflot from flying to the US, although these could still be softened.

"Russia is the optimal supplier to the European economy".

The President also said he was not now considering lifting sanctions against Russian Federation but would consider doing so "if they do something that would be good for us".

"Such aggressive and malign behavior undermines the global order that keeps us safe", Hunt was to tell an audience at the US Institute of Peace, a nonpartisan think tank, according to excerpts provided by the Foreign Office. The British Embassy previewed his speech on Monday. The presidential office reported that the parties discussed the conflict in Ukraine, the situation in Syria and relations between Europe, the United States and Russian Federation.

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