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Kevin Lamarque  Reuters
Kevin Lamarque Reuters

24 August, 2018

The Deputy Minister also said that from the beginning of 2017, the US government imposed sanctions against 217 Russian legal entities and individuals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called USA sanctions against Moscow "counterproductive and senseless" after Washington warned that more "economic pain" was to come. "Stop lists and lists of individuals sanctioned by us will be expanded", TASS quoted him as saying. "The Americans should not think they have impunity simply because those holding U.S. passports have the right to enter any country", he added.

Speaking by telephone, Andrei Kuklin, head of the company, said, "Unfortunately I can not comment".

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called the sanctions as well as other USA steps over alleged hacking groundless and promised a response.

"The US seeks to push its anti-North Korean agenda in a relevant UN Security Council committee", the deputy foreign minister said, adding that such US efforts would "fail."We will counter the US slow-witted, blinkered and aggressive approach with sober-minded, orderly work on a constructive agenda", he added".

"As for the sanctions - they are counterproductive and senseless, especially in regards of such country as Russian Federation", said President Putin.

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"Our British counterparts have pretty high self-esteem", he said. The Treasury Department also brought sanctions against "registered ship owners and managers of Russia-flagged merchant vessel Patriot" along with five other vessels, accusing it of having conducted "two ship-to-ship transfers of oil for the benefit of North Korea" in early 2018.

Moscow sees gold as a "100per cent guarantee from legal and political risks", Dmitry Tulin, the first deputy governor of Russia's central bank, said when it was first revealed that Russian Federation was selling off USA debt.

US-based tech giant Microsoft also accused Russian Federation of trying to launch cyber attacks on the US Senate.

Separately Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions against two Russian companies and a Russian individual for helping Moscow try to avoid existing sanctions due to Russia's cyber activities.

Meanwhile, Britain's new foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is set to push the United States into slapping tougher sanctions on Russian Federation, in response to Moscow's "malign" behavior around the world.

He said Russia's offer of talks still stood however.

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