In a separate hearing, Assistant Treasury Secretary Marshall Billingslea told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that "Treasury has made countering Russian aggression a top priority" and "will continue to do its part to impose costs in response to Russian malign activity, leveraging all of the tools and authorities that we have".
Hunt made the call on his first USA trip as Foreign Secretary, telling the audience at the United States Institute for Peace that the European Union should be "blunt" and ensure its sanctions against Russian Federation mean the continent stands "shoulder-to-shoulder with the US".
The Deputy Minister also said that from the beginning of 2017, the US government imposed sanctions against 217 Russian legal entities and individuals.
The sixth vessel, PATRIOT, is linked to both Primorye and Gudzon, and is accused of conducting two ship-to-ship oil transfers to two sanctioned North Korea-flagged vessels early this year.
"The moment has come to move from words to actions and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements and seek other schemes", Ryabkov said.
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TASS also reports that sanctions apply to six Russian vessels for violating USA sanctions regarding North Korea.
The latest United States sanctions were announced in early August, causing Russian stock markets to drop dramatically. Both of these DPRK vessels have already been blacklisted by the USA and the United Nations for other sanctions-busting activity.
Earlier, the USA imposed sanctions on two Russians, one Russian company and one Slovakian firm for what Washington said were their actions to help another Russian company avoid sanctions over the country's malicious cyber-related activities, Reuters recalls.
The United States' continued sanctions on foreign entities for illicit deals with the North is seen as a display of Washington's determination not to lift sanctions unless Pyongyang takes tangible steps toward denuclearization.
The diplomat is sure that after these actions the Americans makes no sense to speak about any improvement of relations between the two countries. He also warned that the administration was concerned about election meddling by China, Iran and North Korea.
Hunt is speaking Tuesday morning at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
The ships, based in Vladivostok, Russia, and operating for Primorye Maritime Logistics Co. and Gudzon Shipping Co., have defied global sanctions against North Korea by engaging in transfers of oil to North Korean ships, which then take the contraband to North Korean ports, the Treasury Department said Tuesday.