Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

USA prepares new sanctions against Russian Federation

USA prepares new sanctions against Russian Federation USA prepares new sanctions against Russian Federation
Gerardo Duncan | 27 July, 2018, 22:44

National security adviser John Bolton cited special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as the reason for the delay. US intelligence agencies all concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to try to help Trump win, a fact that Trump has wavered on fully accepting.

But Russia also did not immediately jump at the opportunity to schedule a second summit between the two leaders.

He also said that Washington does not and will not recognize the Kremlin's control of Crimea.

After the Russian leader tossed it to Trump following their Finland summit, Sen.

Graham said he'd "never allow it in the White House".

Contrary to last week's reports, we won't be seeing a second summit with Vladimir Putin in the near future. "But I would consider putting that one on the back burner for a while".

Trump and Putin in front of US and Russian flags.

As scrutiny increases of Russia's reported attempts to interfere in November's midterms, Trump will convene a National Security Council meeting Friday devoted to the issue of election security.

The invitation sparked a new outcry, including from lawmakers in Trump's Republican party, who argued that Putin is an adversary not worthy of a White House visit and that they still did not know what the leaders had discussed during their two-hour, one-on-one meeting.

"Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock worldwide principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force", the 54-year-old said in a statement ahead of testimony before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry brushed off the Crimea Declaration as just another US policy that could easily change in the future.

"We know the value of these 'fateful declarations, '" she said. Russian Federation has defended its move, saying Crimean voters approved the annexation in a referendum. The U.S. and its European allies have said the referendum was deeply flawed and illegal, as it was held without the consent of the government in Kiev.

Pompeo delivered testimony Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

Responding to questions, Pompeo said he is very confident that the North Korean's understand the definition of denuclearisation, and a very broad one, that it goes from infrastructure of nuclear war heads, though chemical biological weapons systems. "I think President Putin knows that better than anyone, certainly a lot better than the media".

Ben Cardin, Pompeo said Putin and Trump discussed a number of issues, including reviving an exchange between the two countries' business leaders; re-establishing a counterterrorism council to increase cooperation on that front; and working to return the millions of displaced Syrians who have fled that war-torn country, where Russian Federation is working to prop up the brutal dictatorship of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In the declaration, Pompeo took Russian Federation to task for it actions in Ukraine, particularly the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

This came amid the backlash over Trump's performance at a news conference with Putin following their Helsinki summit, and many members of Congress had objected to them meeting again in the fall. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who at times has expressed dissatisfaction with Trump in the bluntest of terms, wasted no time in venting to Pompeo.

It's not surprising that Pompeo, who was a strong Trump supporter before joining the president's administration, communicated confidence in his boss before Democratic and Republican senators, many of whom have been critical of Trump's relationship with Putin.

"The administration tells us, "Don't worry, be patient, there's a strategy here, '" Corker said".

He challenged Pompeo to satisfy bipartisan concerns that the White House is "making it up as they go" and that Pompeo himself may not know what is happening.

Mason asked Putin: "Did you want President Trump to win the election?"

The committee chairman, Sen.

Pompeo testily assured senators that Trump had relayed the contents of the meeting afterward. "A reporter's question edited out of the videotape", she said.

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