Russia Responds to New US Sanctions Over Chemical Attack

Russia Responds to New US Sanctions Over Chemical Attack

Russia Responds to New US Sanctions Over Chemical Attack

A second set of measures could be substantially broader and would be imposed if Moscow fails to meet a 90-day deadline to provide "reliable assurances" it will no longer use chemical weapons, allow on-site inspections by the United Nations or other worldwide observer groups, and respond to other USA demands.

The Skripals were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, England, on March 4, having been poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the allegations, while the United Kingdom authorities have provided no proof of Russia's involvement in the case.

In March, two weeks after the attack, Trump signed a statement, along with British, French and German leaders, blaming Russian Federation.

On Wednesday, the US State Department announced a new round of sanctions targeting Russian exports of dual-purpose electronics and other national security-controlled equipment, which will come into effect on August 22.

The attack prompted the United Kingdom and its Western allies to expel many Russian diplomats - and Russia retaliated with its own expulsions.

Senior lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament, accused the USA of behaving like a 'police state, threatening and torturing a suspect to get evidence'.

It's a benefit, they argue, of policies put in place amid a raft of Western sanctions imposed over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in the US 2016 presidential elections.

US officials say the order is meant to answer the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

An official said it was only the third time that the U.S. had determined a country had used chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals. Authorities say they have linked the two batches of the deadly nerve agent.

"Sanctions are the USA weapon of choice", Trenin wrote on Twitter.

Russian Federation has warned the USA that any sanctions against its banking system or their foreign currency dealings would be considered "an act of economic war".

After pressure from Republican members of Congress, the state department has determined Moscow broke worldwide law by using a military-grade chemical weapon on the Skripals.

Moscow has been trying with mixed success to improve battered U.S. -Russia ties since Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, and Russia's political elite was quick to chalk up a summit last month between Trump and Vladimir Putin as a victory.

According to U.S. media reports, the new measures include a ban on granting licenses to export sensitive national security goods to Russian Federation.

Trump also ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians, including 12 identified as intelligence officers, and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle.

They were seriously ill but later made a full recovery after spending several weeks in hospital.

Two more people - Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley - were subsequently treated for exposure to novichok after Ms Sturgess reportedly picked up a discarded perfume bottle thought to have contained the agent.

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