The rouble weakened towards its lowest in more than two years on Wednesday as traders priced in the risk of more US sanctions and foreign currency purchases by the Russian central bank took their toll.
USA officials also slapped sanctions on two Russian individuals for helping Divetechnoservices circumvent US sanctions.
Earlier in the day, United States imposed sanctions on two Russians, one Russian company and one Slovakian company for aiding another Russian company avoid sanctions over the country's alleged cyber-related activities. It also targeted two Russian shipping companies suspected of transferring petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The DPRK is an acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The pressure on Russia is mounting, with the USA stepping up sanctions and the U.K.'s top diplomat Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday calling on the European Union to follow suit in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil past year. The oil buyer was North Korean company Taesong Bank, which is also subject to United States and UN sanctions.
"The actions of [us] Ministry of Finance had broad implications for the financial interests of the affected individuals and legal entities, including the freezing of Russian assets in the hundreds of millions of dollars in the United States", the report said.
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The U.S. Treasury identified the shipping firms as Vladivostok-based shipping companies Primorye Maritime Logistics Co., Ltd., (Primorye) and Gudzon Shipping Co., LLC (Gudzon). News of Russia's increase in gold reserves comes less than a day after senior USA officials made clear that the Trump administration was ready to impose even harsher sanctions on Moscow if it did not change its behaviour.
In the months since Trump's June summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, North Korea has shown few signs that it intends to surrender its nuclear or ballistic weapons or even to slow down the manufacture of new ones.
"So we're not saying we're going to do exactly the same thing, but we have to make sure that our reaction is to stand shoulder to shoulder with America".
Hunt is speaking Tuesday morning at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Treasury officials cited the sanctions Tuesday during two separate hearings in the US Senate, where lawmakers are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation that could hamper oil and gas flows, upstream investment and access to debt.