News / World by Press Association 14/02/2019, 1:38 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Vice President Mike Pence has accused Britain, France and Germany of trying to “break” US sanctions against Iran. In an unusually blunt speech to a Middle East conference in Poland, Mr Pence called on European nations to join the US in withdrawing from the landmark 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. He criticised the three countries and the European Union as a whole for remaining parties to the agreement after the Trump administration withdrew from it last year and reimposed tough sanctions on Iran. The criticism threatened to further chill US-European ties which have already been badly strained, including over the Iran focus of the Warsaw conference co-hosted by the US and Poland. France and Germany declined to send their top diplomats to the foreign minister-level meeting and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also stayed away. Mr Pence was … [Read more...] about Pence accuses European nations of trying to ‘break’ US sanctions against Iran
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Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. Vasily Maximov/AFP. Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said during a visit to Moscow on Monday that he wanted to see EU sanctions against Russia dropped "by the end of the year". Salvini said he would use any means possible to convince European partners to scrap sanctions brought in over Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and subsequent activity in the east of Ukraine. "Vetoes are only a last resort but I am not excluding anything," he told a press conference. "Italy is the European country that has suffered the most from these sanctions against Russia." He said he wanted to create opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses in the two countries to work together. Russia banned most food imports from the EU in 2014 as a counter-measure to the Ukraine sanctions. Salvini also said Russia's … [Read more...] about Italy’s Salvini calls for EU sanctions against Russia to be lifted by end of 2018
The new European Union proposal to impose sanctions is part of the bloc’s escalating response to alleged malicious Russian activity in Europe. Sanctions against states behind cyberattacks on European nations are supported to some degree by all members except Italy, according to a confidential EU document seen by Reuters this week. Britain, France, Estonia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have called for the introduction of sanctions, the document reportedly says. Other states including Finland and Sweden support a “gradual response” to any future attacks, which could mean taking other measures before resorting to sanctions. “Responding to large-scale cyberattacks from foreign actors, in particular when they are aimed at our elections, is vital,” EU Security Commissioner Julian King told Reuters. EU diplomats said the plan was also aimed at preventing cyberattacks from other states including China and North Korea. … [Read more...] about Why is Italy resisting EU sanctions against Russia over cyberattacks?
WASHINGTON — U.S. sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom go into effect Monday. The Trump administration announced earlier this month its intention to impose the sanctions after the U.S. determined that Russia had illegally used a chemical weapon in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Details of the measures were published in the Federal Register on Monday. The sanctions tighten restrictions on exports of national security-sensitive items but provide waivers in areas such as commercial passenger aviation. A second set of sanctions is required in three months unless Russia provides assurances it won't use chemical weapons again. Those sanctions could hit Moscow harder if they target Russia's state-controlled banks. Moscow denies it poisoned the Skripals. … [Read more...] about US sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack take effect
close Video Russia likens US sanctions to 'economic war' Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev threatens to retaliate against new sanctions over chemical attack against ex-spy in Britain. The Trump administration added to its growing list of sanctions against Russia on Tuesday as U.S. lawmakers urged tighter economic restrictions on Moscow and Britain's top diplomat accused Russia's leader of pursuing policies that are making the world more dangerous. The Treasury Department announced two new actions against Russian targets: blacklisting two companies and two individuals suspected of trying to circumvent U.S. sanctions imposed in June in response to cyberattacks; and against two Russian shipping companies suspected of transferring petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. While President Donald Trump has sought closer ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his administration has intensified economic pressure on … [Read more...] about US adds to sanctions against Russia