Russian Federation vows to retaliate against 'illegal' new U.S. sanctions

by Frankie Norman August 12, 2018, 0:09
Russian Federation vows to retaliate against 'illegal' new U.S. sanctions

Russia's government slammed as "unacceptable" on Thursday new USA sanctions against Moscow. Russia is already under USA sanctions for its 2014 invasion of Crimea, and the Trump administration expelled 60 Russians from the US and shuttered the Russian consulate in Seattle in response to the failed assassination attempt.

The official told reporters the administration made a decision to impose a "presumption of denial" for the sale to Russian Federation of "national security sensitive" United States technologies that require federal government approval.

Russian Federation has 90 days to "provide assurances" that it will not use chemical weapons in the future and allow inspections.

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it was slapping chemical and biological weapons sanctions on Russia for using a nerve agent on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Britain on March 4.

Moscow says its working on retaliatory measures "in the same spirit as any USA restrictions".

In March, the Trump administration ordered 60 Russian diplomats - all of whom it said were spies - to leave the United States and closed down Russia's consulate in Seattle in response to the Skripal case.

Following the incident, the British government said the military-grade nerve agent Novichok, of a type developed by Russian Federation, had been used in the attack.

"And to this war, we will have to react by economic, political, and, in case of necessity, other methods".

The state department said "more draconian" sanctions will follow within three months if Russian Federation does not give assurances that it will not use chemical weapons and allow on-site inspections by the United Nations. "Our American friends should understand that".

The Kremlin earlier on Thursday called the latest action by the US State Department "illegal" and "unacceptable".

Russian Federation denies any role in the attack.

"There is local panic on the currency market", BCS Brokerage said in a note.

The US and European Union also have sanctions in place against dozens of Russian state officials and firms accused of involvement in the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea and support for the separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

But Russia's delegation to the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday that the West was acting as judge, jury and executioner.

Sanctions waivers were in place for certain key sectors, including space flight activities and commercial aviation safety, the official said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putin with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013.

The potential sanctions Medvedev was referring to were proposed in draft legislation introduced on August 2 by a bipartisan group of senators including Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, who said its proponents want to "impose crushing sanctions and other measures against [President Vladimir] Putin's Russian Federation until he ceases and desists meddling in the USA electoral process, halts cyberattacks on US infrastructure, removes Russian Federation from Ukraine, and ceases efforts to create chaos in Syria".

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