Moscow will give a tit-for-tat response to the expansion of United States blacklists of Russian companies and individuals, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. "We have been watching the U.S. lists expand", he said in Geneva on Thursday.
The U.S. operates on the principle of "the worse, the better", Rybkov said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry website that detailed the sanctions for alleged violations of United Nations and U.S. sanctions on North Korea.
In a separate announcement on Tuesday, Treasury also sanctioned two Russian individuals and two entities it said were making attempts to get around existing USA sanctions. The penalties have in particular been imposed over the Russian companies' alleged involvement in the banned ship-to-ship transfer of refined petroleum products to North Korea-flagged vessels.
"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 US", Hunt will tell an audience in Washington in his first major speech since his appointment in July.
"As for the sanctions - they are counterproductive and senseless, especially in regards of such country as Russian Federation", said President Putin.
"Consequences for violating these sanctions will remain in place" until the final and fully verified denuclearization of North Korea is achieved, said Mnuchin.
"We will not hesitate to do so if its conduct does not demonstrably and significantly change", Mandelker added.
He also said that Moscow will not leave such moves without a response.
"The established rules of global conduct are repeatedly being flouted by major countries like Russia", Hunt was to say in Washington, in his first major policy speech since succeeding Boris Johnson in July.
". Who exactly are they talking about? Such information (proof) is lacking", he added.
"Sanctions are actions that are counterproductive and senseless, especially against a country like Russia", Putin said during a press conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
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