United States sanctions Russian firms, vessels over NK activity

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Moscow will give a tit-for-tat response to the expansion of USA blacklists of Russian companies and individuals, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. "We have been watching the United States lists expand", he said in Geneva on Thursday.

"As usual, [Washington provided] no evidence or justification while only throwing out vicious innuendos", Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement on USA accusations that Russian Federation violated worldwide restrictions on trade with North Korea and is engaging in some illicit activities in cyberspace.

Tuesday's announcement came just days after Washington imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency as well as Chinese companies for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of US sanctions.

The U.S. Treasury has designated two more Russian firms and six vessels in connection with the North Korean nuclear sanctions program.

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The ruble was down 1% to 67.90 per United States dollar after the Treasury Department blacklisted a set of Russian companies, entities, and individuals accused of helping North Korea evade global sanctions.

They're getting out of US dollars and getting into gold.

Taesong Bank has already been slapped with both United Nations and USA sanctions. "We will not hesitate to do so if its conduct does not demonstrably and significantly change".

Mr. Trump insists he has been tougher on Russia than any other president, despite the laudatory way he speaks of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Ryabkov said Russian Federation will seek ways to avoid using the United States dollar in payments.

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"We oppose the stubborn, blinkered and aggressive approach of the Americans to solve bilateral and global problems with a calm, methodical work on a constructive agenda", he said. "Such information (proof) is lacking", he added.

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