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Russia says new US sanctions will not alter Moscow's course: RIA

21 Juin 2017

In a statement, the Treasury said the move "reinforced" the USA sanctions, which "will not be lifted until Russian Federation ends its occupation of the peninsula".

"Today's action is created to counter attempts to circumvent U.S. sanctions and will maintain alignment of USA measures with those of our global partners", the department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said in a press release.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that Otto Warmbier, the American who died days after his release from North Korea, would still be alive if he had been released sooner.

The meeting with President Petro Poroshenko was originally described by the White House as a brief "drop-in". That's not how his government was feeling at the start of the Trump administration, though, says a former USA ambassador to Ukraine, Steven Pifer, now with the Brookings Institution.

On Tuesday, the US Department of the Treasury added 38 more organizations and individuals, including two Russian state employees and their two aides, to the sanction list. Washington's move came the day after the European Union rolled over for another year its own sanctions imposed to protest Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the new sanctions will not affect Moscow's policy.

After Trump's election, both Russian Federation and Ukraine had expressed hopes that the new administration would lead to closer ties between their countries - and, given Trump's inconsistent views regarding the two countries, have both been disappointed thus far.

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Trump last month slammed North Korea over a recent ballistic missile test, saying it disrespected China . Rob Portman of OH also had tough words for North Korea . "It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto".

The White House issued a statement after the meeting saying discussions focused on "support for the peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and President Poroshenko's reform agenda and anticorruption efforts".

On June 14, a source in diplomatic circles has told Interfax-Ukraine Poroshenko will pay a visit to Washington next week, where he will hold a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump said he had spoken with Warmbier's parents, telling reporters in the Oval Office that it was "incredible what they've gone through".

The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests.

"The Trump administration will continue supporting Ukraine, if Kyiv will move on its obligations in regards to the Minsk agreement", said Jarabik. In April, following a suspected chemical attack against civilians in northern Syria by government forces, Trump said United States relations with Russian Federation "may be at all-time low".

Peter Harrell, a sanctions expert at the Center for a New American Security, said he saw the bill, which is now headed to the House of Representatives, as a sign that lawmakers were "skeptical of Trump's intentions toward Russian Federation".

'We will work with Ukraine, Russia and all other parties involved to help them restore peace along the border, ' the White House said.

Russia says new US sanctions will not alter Moscow's course: RIA