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Britain wants the European Union to replicate the US's sanctions on Russian Federation

Britain wants the European Union to replicate the US's sanctions on Russian Federation

"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".

The Treasury Department said that earlier this year, one vessel linked to the Russian companies transferred 3,500 tons of oil to ships flying the North Korea flag.

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".

Because Russia seeks to divide the American public, sowing more division would be "a gift to Putin", according to Mitchell, who added, "The most risky thing in the world we can do is politicize the challenge" from Russia.

"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.

Marshall Billingslea, the US Treasury Department's top terrorist financing official, acknowledged that the threat from Russian Federation was "significant and continuing" but told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that without the sanctions "their behaviour would be even further off the charts".

"Even as we have imposed unprecedented penalties for Russian aggression, we have been clear that the door to dialogue is open, should [Russian President Vladimir] Putin choose to take credible steps toward a constructive path". Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said it appeared to him as though the administration were pursuing two different policies: one of the president's and one of federal national security agencies.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 13, 2018.

"I stopped (North Korea's) nuclear testing".

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov responded Tuesday in a statement on the ministry's website, saying the new US sanctions were groundless, promising a response from Moscow. "In Ukraine, we have maintained an effort under Ambassador Kurt Volker to provide the means by which Russian Federation can live up to its commitments under the Minsk Agreements", the diplomat said in his speech at a session of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

But the officials faced questions from sceptical lawmakers about the administration's policy toward Russian Federation, particularly since Trump has sent conflicting messages about it.

The U.S. Treasury said the two individuals targeted on Tuesday under the cyber-related sanctions program, Marina Igorevna Tsareva and Anton Aleksandrovich Nagibin, had both helped Divetechnoservices attempt to circumvent U.S. sanctions.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.