USA lawmakers seek to impose more sanctions on 'menace' Russian Federation

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt attends a joint news conference with Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini in Vantaa Finland

Image Jeremy Hunt will address an audience in Washington

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it welcomed statements by U.S. President Donald Trump indicating a desire to cooperate with Russian Federation, but that it would welcome concrete steps to improve relations more.

Foreign direct investment into Russian Federation has fallen five percent since 2013, with direct investment from the USA falling 80 percent, according to her statement.

Russian Federation annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and has backed separatists in the country's industrial east fighting Ukrainian government forces.

Without further action, Hunt said, NATO's "credibility" will be undermined.

Relations between Moscow and London are tense after Britain blamed Russia for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in Salisbury.

Lavrov was responding to an initiative by Britain's foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, who is due to tell an audience in Washington later on Tuesday that London wants the European Union, which it is in the process of leaving, to increase sanctions on Moscow. The Kremlin denies involvement.

Speaking in the Black Sea resort of Sochi after meeting with the Serbian foreign minister, Lavrov accused British politicians of having "quite a high opinion of themselves".

Washington has promised more, even tougher measures unless Russian Federation agrees to allow worldwide chemical weapons inspectors into the country and provides "reliable assurances" it will no longer use chemical weapons.

Britain is preparing to leave the European Union next year, but its sanctions policy is now determined in Brussels.

The U.S. State Department has said it will impose fresh sanctions by the end of this month, while bi-partisan legislation from senators calls for other curbs to be widened. Hunt is right on Russian Federation.

Mr. Hunt's expected remarks come at a time when the Trump administration is challenging traditional partnerships over trade and other disputes, rattling allies that have long counted on the cooperate on economic and security matters.

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