U.S. imposes new sanctions on some Russian leaders, entities

U.S. imposes new sanctions on some Russian leaders, entities

Russia will not leave new US sanctions and any future hostile actions without a tough response, Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday after Washington announced a new round of restrictions against Moscow.

The state-owned Russian weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport and Russian Financial Corporation Bank were also targeted under new sanctions.

The ministry said no pressure could make Russia change course and that the sanctions would only unite Russian society.

Despite the latest sanctions, which took the number of people and entities linked with Russian Federation to be punished since Mr Trump took office to 189, the White House has said discussions about a summit with Mr Putin would continue. Assets of those targeted in the United States have been blocked, and all USA -based entities are forbidden from doing business with them.

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Rather than punishing Russian Federation for one specific action, the new sanctions hit back at the Kremlin for its "ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern" of bad behaviour, said the officials.

"Having obtained zero results from the 50 previous rounds of sanctions, Washington continues to employ fear with the refusal to issue American visas, the threatening of Russian businesses with the freezing of companies' assets and property, while forgetting that the requisitioning of private property and other people's money is known as theft", the Ministry added.

But Friday's announcement also came as Washington and its allies face a new diplomatic crisis with the Kremlin over the attempted poisoning of a former Russian double agent on British soil.

According to the Hill, if the Congress approve the bill, the new sanctions will be based on the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which Donald Trump, U.S. President, signed in August 2017.

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Outwardly, Trump has remained receptive to - even enthusiastic about - the prospect of sitting before Mueller, who is investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether Trump attempted to short-circuit the investigation itself.

In January, Trump said that he was "looking forward" to an interview with Mueller, insisting there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

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