Actions better than words, says Russian Federation after Trump offer

Actions better than words, says Russian Federation after Trump offer

Making his first visit to the United States since taking office, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to deliver a speech Tuesday that will call 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.".

Trump told Reuters on Monday that the probe by the Special Counsel's office into Russian interference in the 2016 election has "played right into the Russians - if it was Russia". "It's a different style of politics, but I think it's important to look at what he does as well as what he says".

"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.

"Though Russia's malign activities continue, we believe its adventurism undoubtedly has been checked by the knowledge that we can bring much more economic pain to bear", Acting Deputy Treasury Secretary Sigal Mandelker told the Senate Banking Committee.

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"Of course we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia's foreign policy under President Putin has made the world a more unsafe place", Hunt will say at the US Institute of Peace in Washington.

Hunt said there are several reasons for optimism, praising the United States for its strong stance on Russia following the March poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury.

It was just the latest example of Trump casting doubt on the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the election.

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

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President Donald Trump meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

This month the US State Department accused Russian Federation of violating global law and it will impose more sanctions on Moscow, in line with the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

"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".

"That means calling out and responding to transgressions with one voice whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of Crimea", he said, referring to the Ukrainian peninsula which Russian Federation annexed in 2014.

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