Britain's foreign secretary is calling for traditional Western allies to join in a united front against Russia's "aggressive and malign behavior", expressing confidence that the United States under President Donald Trump will lead the way. "It's a different style of politics, but I think it's important to look at what he does as well as what he says".
At the same time, U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on assertions that Russian Federation sought to meddle in the U.S. election, taking to social media to dismiss an investigation into Russia's actions as a "rigged witch hunt". The Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, was also angered last week after he received a warning from the USA against buying submarines and other equipment from Moscow.
"Of course, we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia's foreign policy under President [Vladimir] Putin has made the world a more unsafe place", Hunt said in the speech.
Hunt will meet U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo and will address the United Nations Security Council about the global fight Islamist terror groups. The U.S. expelled 60 Russians from diplomatic missions in the U.S. and shuttered the Seattle consulate over it.
Turkey says ready to discuss issues with USA without threats
The minister added that a Russian-Turkish working group will discuss the issue of Russia easing the visa regime for Turkish citizens in late August.
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.
The administration's strategy is to "continue raising the costs until Russian aggression ceases, while keeping the door open to dialogue", Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Both officials said that would require a State Department review, but Billingsea noted Russian Federation has "definitely engaged in outrageous behavior", including other attempted assassinations on foreign soil. While Mitchell said it was "not at 2016 levels", he repeated what other top officials have said - that the campaign is a "very serious threat, "broad and deep", and "ongoing".
But without any major changes in Russian activity, there's now a debate about whether the US should increase sanctions on Russia and drive up the cost of what USA officials have called their "malign behavior" - or try an alternative path that includes more talks and an easing of sanctions, as Republican Sen.
However, once Dawn Sturgess died, a USA law on the use of chemical weapons kicked in which meant they needed to impose new sanctions.