Britain to US, Europe: 'Go further' to counter Russia

Britain's Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt accidentally called his Chinese-born wife Japanese during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Monday

Reuters says US President Donald Trump has said he has no intention of lifting sanctions against Russian Federation.

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.

Amid increasingly tense U.S. -Russia relations marked by alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, most Americans believe it is more important to improve relations with Russia, rather than taking strong steps against it.

After being heavily criticized for his cozy treatment of Putin during their news conference in Helsinki, during which he said he didn't know why the Russians would have attacked a U.S. election, Trump changed course back in the United States.

"The moment has come to move from words to actions and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements and seek other schemes", Ryabkov said.

US lawmakers are now pushing for yet more aggressive steps against Russian Federation, although Donald Trump's administration insists current sanctions are already having an effect.

As U.S. threat of sanctions on Russian Federation will take into effect around August 22, U.S. Under Secretary of Treasury Sigal Mandelker said Tuesday that Washington will impose "much more economic pain" to Russian Federation if it does not change its global behaviors significantly.

U.S. President Donald Trump indicated on Monday that he would consider lifting U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation if Moscow took some actions in such areas as Syria or Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied attempting to influence US elections, including the 2016 presidential vote that brought Trump into office.

US administration officials told the Senate hearings that existing sanctions were having an effect on Russia's economy, despite continuing behaviour that concerns Washington.

The Treasury Department is going after two companies and two Russians suspected of trying to circumvent USA sanctions imposed in June in response to cyberattacks and other malicious activities run by Moscow's military and spy services.

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

The Donald Trump administration named additional targets of its North Korea sanctions for the third time this month alone.

Mitchell also said foreign direct investment in Russian Federation has fallen by 80 percent since 2013, "which is a pretty stunning number". The government is said to be mulling over taking the same action against the Sevastopol.

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