Russian Federation hits back at 'unacceptable' sanctions as rouble tumbles

Howard TerryAug 10, 2018

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

Former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious at the beginning of March.

The US and European Union (including the UK) also enforced sanctions against Russia in 2014 as a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The Russian rouble has slumped to its lowest level since November 2016, hours after the United States announced new sanctions because of the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the UK.

In a brief statement, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the USA had determined this week that Russian Federation used the nerve agent Novichok to poison Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March "in violation of global law" - a move that triggers sanctions under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

She accused Washington of picking the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, as a "contrived excuse" for sanctions.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the US move runs contrary to a "constructive" atmosphere at the Trump-Putin summit last month, and he strongly denied any Russian role in the poisoning in Britain.

USA airlines could be prevented from using Russian airspace and the supply of rocket engines crucial to launching new satellite cut off under measures being considered in the Kremlin as retaliation for the surprise announcement of new sanctions. One died last month.

The sanctions added to pressure on the ruble that began earlier in the day, when Russian media published the full text of a separate USA bill seeking "crushing sanctions" for election meddling.

He added: "Making a linking to these events is for us unacceptable and such restrictions like those passed by the American side earlier are absolutely illegal and do not correspond to global law".

Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament, said Thursday that the US has behaved like a "police state, threatening and torturing a suspect to get evidence".

With those possible exemptions in mind, the State Department estimated the value of the new sanctions could "reach potentially hundreds of millions of dollars".

No. In June the U.S. imposed sanctions on five Russian companies and three Russian individuals in response to alleged Russian cyber-attacks on the US.

The attack prompted an initial wave of diplomatic expulsions between U.S. -Britain allies and Russia - including the tit-for-tat exit of 60 Russian and U.S. diplomats in March.

A new round of sanctions that could come into force in three months could put an end to Russian crude oil and oil product exports to the United States, S&P Platts reports, citing a 1991 law treating the imports of national security-sensitive goods, including crude oil, as well as technology.

Police think the novichok was sprayed or smeared on their front doorknob with a perfume bottle.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 17, 2018, as he defends President Donald Trump and his Helsinki news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin acknowledged on Thursday Putin's office had received the letter, but Peskov suggested the Russian leader was yet to parse it.

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

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