Kremlin denounces new U.S. sanctions as illegal

Kremlin denounces new U.S. sanctions as illegal

Kremlin denounces new U.S. sanctions as illegal

The poison was smeared onto the front door of Skripal's home in Salisbury, England, and United Kingdom authorities have blamed the assassination attempt on the Kremlin. The chemical was later identified as the Soviet-designed Novichok.

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

-Russian relations. A 1991 law, however, mandates sanctions once the president makes a determination that a country is responsible for a chemical or biological weapons attack.

She said sanctions would take effect on or around August 22.

Russian Federation has issued a statement condemning a new round of USA sanctions imposed on them Wednesday.

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There would, however, be exemptions for space flight activities, government space cooperation, and areas covering commercial passenger aviation safety, which would be reviewed on a case by case basis, the official added.

"In recent years, Vladimir Putin has steadily escalated his campaign to consolidate power and undermine the United States", Royce said in the letter.

What was certain, Gudkov said, was that pro-Kremlin media outlets would use the new sanctions as fresh confirmation of a story line about a "Russophobic" West that many Russians buy.

The Guardian on Monday reported that London is preparing to ask Moscow to extradite two Russian citizens suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack in March.

The US response may be partly motivated by a desire to be seen to be tough on Moscow after accusations that Mr Trump was too soft on Russian Federation.

A police tent covers the spot in Salisbury, Britain, March 6, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found critically ill. They recovered after weeks of treatment.

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Three months later, Charlie Rowley of Amesbury, England, found a sealed, boxed bottle of perfume and gave it to his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, who died after spraying the Novichok within on her wrists.

While criticized as too keen to strike up a friendship with Putin, Trump maintains that he's been tough on Moscow.

MOSCOW-Russian officials and companies were bracing for further economic pain Thursday, as the US decision to punish the Kremlin for an alleged nerve-agent attack in the United Kingdom diminished hopes of a bilateral thaw.

The sanctions are mandated under the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, which says the U.S. president shall tighten the penalties within 90 days unless Moscow provides "reliable assurances" that it no longer engages in such activities, and allows on-site inspections by United Nations observers.

The announcement of new USA sanctions has rattled the Russian currency and stock markets. "We took our time and did our homework right".

Turbulence in the oil market is also putting pressure on the currency, analysts said.

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