Friday, 16 November, 2018

US sanctions against Russia ‘counterproductive, senseless’: Putin

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Lloyd Bates | 24 August, 2018, 08:47

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on various Russian entities on Tuesday, and a new tranche of sanctions announced by the U.S. State Department earlier this month was expected to take effect later on Wednesday.

"Stubborn, blinkered and aggressive approach of the Americans towards the solution of bilateral and global problems, is opposed to the calm, methodical work on a constructive agenda".

Taesong Bank has already been slapped with both United Nations and US sanctions.

The June sanctions were a response to cyberattacks, including last year's NotPetya attack, as well as intrusions into the USA energy grid and global network infrastructure. He also said that Moscow will not leave such moves without a response. 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.

As well, the U.S.is sanctioning two Russian shipping companies suspected of transferring petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The U.S. sanctioned owners of six Russian ships over allegations that they are helping transfer refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of global prohibitions.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain earlier this year. These allegedly included transfers of 1,500 tons of oil to the North Korea-flagged Chong Rim 2 and 2,000 tons of oil to the North Korea-flagged Chon Ma San.

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It described Office 39 as engaging in "illicit economic activities for (the) North Korean leadership".

It is the third time this month that Washington has slapped sanctions on Russian firms for their alleged ties to illegal North Korean activity, demonstrating again the USA commitment to keep pressure on Pyongyang until it abandons its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

In a separate hearing, Assistant Treasury Secretary Marshall Billingslea told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that "Treasury has made countering Russian aggression a top priority" and "will continue to do its part to impose costs in response to Russian malign activity, leveraging all of the tools and authorities that we have".

The two targeted firms are Vladivostok-based Primorye Maritime Logistics and Gudzon Shipping Company. Britain wants the European Union "to ensure its sanctions against Russian Federation are comprehensive, and that we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the U.S".

In its third round of sanctions against Russian entities this month due to under-the-table deals with North Korea that violated worldwide sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department targeted the two firms and six vessels for their involvement "in the ship-to-ship transfer of refined petroleum products with North Korea-flagged vessels", which the department said was "prohibited by the UN Security Council".

"So we're not saying we're going to do exactly the same thing, but we have to make sure that our reaction is to stand shoulder to shoulder with America".

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