United States sanctions Russian shipping companies

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Britain, the European Union, and the United States blame Russia for a nerve agent attack against a Russian double agent in the English city of Salisbury earlier this year. The Kremlin denies involvement.

"The entities designated today have directly contributed to improving Russia's cyber and underwater capabilities through their work with the FSB and therefore jeopardise the safety and security of the United States and our allies". But they could be followed by much more painful measures for Russians.

"There is no way".

"We need to be specific about what is expected from Russian Federation in terms of Ukraine, and why nothing is expected from the Ukrainian authorities", he said.

Any new sanctions would require unanimity among all 28 member states.

At around 1300 GMT, the ruble's value dropped to 69 against the dollar for the first time since April 2016, when the shocks from the first Western sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine were still being felt.

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"We must engage with Moscow but we must also be blunt".

Still, the Russian president said his summit with President Trump in Helsinki last month was productive.

However, Billingslea said in the hearing that considering the size of the Russian economy and its deep integration into the global economy and financial system, USA "sanctions are not and can not be the only tool on which we rely". "This does not rule out adding a name or an entity to the blacklist here or there". The role of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, security issues and Russia's record on human rights have all hurt relations as well.

The Deputy Minister also said that from the beginning of 2017, the USA government imposed sanctions against 217 Russian legal entities and individuals.

Afghan officials say they will only participate in direct, one-on-one peace talks with the Taliban, and don't want anything to do with multinational talks.

Hunt, who took over from Boris Johnson as Britain's foreign minister in July, will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other US officials on Wednesday, and address the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

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