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USA to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation for poisoning ex-spy

10 August 2018
USA to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation for poisoning ex-spy

The White House said Trump provided "a letter of introduction" at Paul's request, and that the president "mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin". On Tuesday the rouble rate had stood at 63.4.

British police reporteldy have identified multiple Russian suspects who left the country after the poisonings of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in March in Salisbury, England, along with a police officer who responded to the scene.

Peskov criticised the USA decision to link the sanctions to the British nerve agent case, an incident the Kremlin has long cast as a Western plot to damage its reputation and provide a pretext for more sanctions. The shares of Russian state-controlled banks, the national carrier Aeroflot and other companies also tanked.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal were hospitalized and treated for a nerve-agent attack in March.

The Skripals spent several weeks in hospital after falling seriously ill.

The spokesperson went on to say Russian American relations are at a record low point and the USA continues to deteriorate bilateral ties.

Russia's delegation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on August 9 accused the West of acting as prosecutor, judge, and executioner.

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

He has been at the property since last Thursday and has made only a handful of appearances since.

The Russian embassy said Moscow continued to advocate for an open and transparent investigation into the poisoning. They cover exports of sensitive electronic components and other technologies that can have military applications. These could go as far as a ban on Russian airlines using United States airports.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Moscow was starting to work on retaliatory measures after the United States announced a new round of sanctions against Moscow. Washington, those outlets say, wants to block Russia's return as a world power and is willing to harm the Russian people to that end.

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".

Previous occasions were against Syria and against North Korea for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of leader Kim Jong-un, who died when highly toxic VX nerve agent was rubbed on his face at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Last week, a group of Democrat and Republican senators introduced a bill that would impose some of the toughest sanctions ever placed on modern Russian Federation.

Unusually, there was no immediate comment by the United States president, who has been heavily critical of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"Once again we totally reject any allegations of possible Russian government involvement over what happened in Salisbury". Those sanctions restrict travel and financial transactions. In a short statement, a government spokesperson said, "The strong worldwide response to the use of a chemical weapon on the streets of Salisbury sends an unequivocal message to Russian Federation that its provocative, reckless behavior will not go unchallenged".

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. Since the chances of this determination being made are nearly a certainty, the next round of sanctions is coming in three months.

What was the nerve agent?

At the time, the USA expelled a number of Russian diplomats, that too nominally over the poisonings.