Britain presses for more European Union sanctions against Russian Federation

Jeremy Hunt and wife Lucia at Blenheim Palace for Donald Trump visit

In addition to his criticism of Russian Federation in relation to the Wiltshire poisonings and its annexation of Crimea, Hunt attacked Moscow for supporting the Assad regime in Syria.

Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department said Washington would impose new sanctions on Russia around August 22 over the alleged poison attack on ex-Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia in the British city of Salisbury in March.

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 US commitment to keep pressure on Pyongyang until it abandons its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

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Russian Federation and the United States have been waging sanctions against each other as bilateral relations continue to worsen over recent years. The Kremlin denies involvement.

Earlier this month the United States, citing the Salisbury incident, imposed sanctions against Russian Federation covering national-security related goods. It has promised more hard-hitting measures unless Russian Federation gives "reliable assurances" it will no longer use chemical weapons.

The sanctions sparked a sell-off across Russian markets, and pushed up the country's cost of borrowing - with both likely to worsen if the second wave of measure is enacted.

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Britain is preparing to leave the European Union next March, but now follows EU-level sanctions policy on Russian Federation, agreed by all member states. The bloc hasn't expanded the sanctions it imposed in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

But the European Union has not imposed further economic sanctions specifically linked to Salisbury, although it strongly condemned Moscow and joined global action to expel Russian officials after the attack.

He and the State Department's top diplomat for Europe, Wess Mitchell, said Russian Federation is feeling the impact, costing its economy tens of billions of dollars, with companies under sanctions losing a quarter of their operating revenue and having to shed employees.

"Such aggressive and malign behavior undermines the worldwide order that keeps us safe", Hunt was to tell an audience at the US Institute of Peace, a nonpartisan think tank, according to excerpts provided by the Foreign Office.

Hunt will also seek to carry a tough message to Europe on the subject of Brexit, warning that a no deal departure could threaten the continent's unity for a generation, according to his office.

The Foreign Secretary's three-day visit to the United States will also see him hold talks with senior Trump administration officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly and Jared Kushner, the president's adviser and son-in-law, Downing Street said.

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