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22 August, 2018, 14:28 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt attends a joint news conference with Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini in Vantaa Finland

Hunt, who assumed the role of United Kingdom foreign secretary last month following the resignation of Boris Johnson, will focus his remarks on the global response to Russia's "malign behavior", which "undermines the worldwide order that keeps us safe", according to excerpts of the speech obtained by CNN. "In Ukraine, we have maintained an effort under Ambassador Kurt Volker to provide the means by which Russian Federation can live up to its commitments under the Minsk Agreements", the diplomat said in his speech at a session of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In addition, of the 580 current US sanctions against Russian Federation, the Trump administration has imposed 217, according to his testimony.

"A country which is leaving the European Union in the framework of Brexit is trying to dictate foreign policy to the European Union itself". During his visit to Washington this week, Mr. Hunt is expected to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other senior US officials to discuss a long list of foreign policy concerns.

Lavrov also alleged that Russian Federation had offered Britain to discuss problems affecting bilateral ties, but had always been rebuffed "in a high-handed way".

Russian agents reportedly used a deadly nerve agent to try to assassinate Sergei Skripal, a Russian double agent who worked for British intelligence, and his daughter, Yulia.

"We need to be specific about what is expected from Russian Federation in terms of Ukraine, and why nothing is expected from the Ukrainian authorities", he said. The Kremlin denies involvement. I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us. It has promised more hard-hitting measures unless Russian Federation gave "reliable assurances" it would no longer use chemical weapons.


The new U.S.sanctions sparked a sell-off across Russian markets - something that could recur if the promised second wave of sanctions is carried out.

But the European Union hasn't imposed any further sanctions on Russian Federation since Crimea and some are even keen to relax those.

But, the European Union has not imposed sanctions related to Salisbury, although it strongly condemned Moscow and joined worldwide action to expel Russian officials.

Hunt, who took over from Boris Johnson as Britain's foreign secretary in July, will meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other U.S. officials on August 21, and address the United Nations Security Council on August 23.

His speech later on Tuesday will also outline other threats that Britain sees to the global order, including telling China that "with economic power comes political responsibility", and criticising their inaction over Crimea and chemical weapons.

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