Putin says latest US sanctions senseless

Putin says latest US sanctions senseless

Putin says latest US sanctions senseless

Russian President Vladimir Putin called sanctions against Russia "counterproductive and senseless" following talks Wednesday with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto.

Rostec claims its Avtomatika unit, which specializes in encryption and secure communications, supplies the White House with technology that allows Trump and Putin to communicate privately.

The Russian-flagged ship Sevastopol, one of six Russian vessels sanctioned by the United States, arrived at Busan Port and remained anchored there as of Tuesday, according to global shipping data site Marine Traffic.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters later Tuesday there was strong interest in legislation to punish Moscow, although he said chances were "probably pretty slim" such a measure would come up for a vote before the November 6 congressional elections.

The series of sanctions come despite an agreement between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their historic summit in June to improve bilateral relations. Moscow and London have been trading accusations of involvement in the attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov told RIA Novosti the U.S. sanctions "have no influence on our policy", adding that they will be on the agenda Thursday in Geneva in talks between United States national security advisor John Bolton and his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev. He said on Sunday, before the latest allegations of Russian interference emerged, that he would raise the issue of election meddling. They're getting out of USA dollars and getting into gold. I had a discussion about it myself with President Putin when I went to Moscow originally to prepare the groundwork for his meeting with President Trump.

Members of Congress, where both chambers are controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, have called for more action - including threatening sanctions "from hell" - to punish Russian Federation for actions including its annexation of Crimea, involvement in Syria's civil war and cyberattacks seeking to influence US elections.

The Foreign Secretary said talks included ensuring the UK-US alliance grows even stronger after Brexit.

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier noted that "the visit had been agreed on in advance".

"The risk of a messy divorce, as opposed to the friendship we seek, would be a fissure in relations between European allies that would take a generation to heal - a geostrategic error for Europe at an extremely vulnerable time in our history", he said. "From the USA we hear that there was not any meddling in the elections. However, they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing", according to the blog post.

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