Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying his foreign policy has “made the world a more dangerous place,” according to a report in the Washington Post.
Hunt also praised President Donald Trump for his tough sanctions against Russia and called on the European Union to replicate Washington’s “comprehensive” response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
Russia’s “aggressive and malign behavior undermines the international order that keeps us safe,” Hunt said in a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. “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 dangerous place.”
Hunt’s comments come the same day the Trump administration announced new sanctions on one Russian company, two Russian individuals and a Slovakian company for efforts to circumvent previous U.S. sanctions over Moscow’s malicious cyber-related activities.
The U.S. also imposed sanctions on two Russian shipping companies, accusing them of helping North Korea, and in March expelled 60 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.
Hunt said Trump has a “very different style of politics” but also noted how important it was to “look at what he does as well as what he says.”
“What you see is an approach to foreign policy that is . . . absolutely focused on upholding the international order,” Hunt said. “If you look at his actions, he’s actually willing to be very tough, tougher in fact than many of his predecessors.”
Hunt also said the EU should “ensure its sanctions against Russia are comprehensive and that we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the U.S.”
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