Russia Responds to New US Sanctions Over Chemical Attack

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

As State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert put it, Washington has determined "that the government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law" in the attack that sickened former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia - who happily have both recovered.

They are aimed at punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin's government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law", department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Russian Federation is planning retaliatory measures against sanctions imposed by the USA over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, which caused the rouble to fall to its lowest level since November 2016 this morning.

The new sanctions were to take effect following a 15-day Congressional notification period, she said.

Britain said it welcomed the U.S. response to the chemical attack in Salisbury, the sleepy English town where the Skripals were poisoned.

"In practice this will mean we are imposing a "presumption of denial" upon export licences for USA -origin national security-sensitive goods and technology to any Russian state-owned or state-funded enterprise", the official said in a conference call with reporters.

lPolice in Wiltshire face a bill of £10million for dealing with the attack, it emerged yesterday, including destroying vehicles exposed to the nerve agent.

This week, Britain's the Guardian newspaper reported London is preparing to ask Moscow to extradite two Russian citizens suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

Irina Yarovaya, deputy speaker of the State Duma, accused the U.S. of "masterminding" the nerve agent attack on the Skripals as a pretext for announcing more sanctions.

The Kremlin also denied all accusations that it was involved in the chemical poisoning attack.

The Russian Embassy in Washington said the "draconian" new sanctions against Russia weren't backed by any facts or evidence, noting that while the US said it has enough information to conclude that Russia is to blame, it refused to disclose what it has, saying the information is classified.

Un diputado boliviano se desnudó en pleno aeropuerto y se hizo viral
Tras esto, fue llevado a la Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra el Crimen (Felcc ), donde deberá estar arrestado al menos por un lapso de ocho horas.

In a statement Thursday, a Russian official said the making "unacceptable demands" of Moscow and urged the cancellation of the sanctions.

Medvedev's tone differed considerably from the nonchalant ones President Vladimir Putin and his lieutenants have used when talking about Western sanctions and downplaying their impact on the Russian economy.

If Russia was brazen enough to kill with a chemical weapon on British soil, could it happen in the United States?

"And it would be necessary, it would be needed to react to this war economically, politically, or, if needed, by other means".

Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) wrote to President Trump on July 26 that enforcement of the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 in Russia's UK Novichok attack "is critical to deterring additional attacks".

Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the Novichok military-grade nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March.

In the run-up to a summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month, US officials repeatedly called out Russia over its "malign" activities, but Trump did not use such language during a news conference with Putin.

The British government has welcomed the move.

A State Department official denied that the actions undermined President Trump's continued assertions that he would like to improve relations with Russian Federation.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a telephone call Friday that the new sanctions were "categorically objectionable", according to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement.

Also in March, Washington ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, and the closure of Russia's consulate general in Seattle over the Novichok incident. Dawn Sturgess later died while her partner, Charlie Rowley, spent three weeks recovering in hospital.

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