U.S. to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve attack in UK
U.S. to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve attack in UK
Salisbury Spy Poisoning: US Says Russia Was Behind Nerve Agent Attack In UK, And Will Impose Sanctions
10 August, 2018, 11:02
The spokesman said the decision goes against a "constructive" process that began when Putin met with U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki last month.
Earlier in the day the Kremlin hit back at the "categorically unacceptable" measures, describing them as "absolutely illegal".
In turn, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakahrova promised Moscow already was preparing retaliatory measures.
The first round of the new sanctions, scheduled to take effect August 22, will include a broad ban on technology exports to Russian Federation.
The new USA sanctions would cover sensitive national-security controlled goods, a senior State Department official told reporters.
The U.S. made a similar determination in February when it found that North Korea used a chemical weapon to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2017.
Former Russian military intelligence official Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in the English city of Salisbury in March.
Russian Federation has repeatedly denied responsibility for the attack, and Russia's embassy in Washington said in a statement that Washington's findings against it in the case were not backed by evidence.
Russia's financial stability assessments from the independent global observers highlight risks and further slowdown in growth. It is believed the poison was in a perfume bottle discarded by the attackers.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the USA decision.
The sanctions will cover sensitive national security goods, a senior State Department official told reporters on a conference call.
House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce, who had pushed months ago for Trump to take action over Russia's use of banned weapons, applauded the move as "key to increasing pressure on Russian Federation".
Lawmakers in Washington had to partially roll back a 2014 ban on Russian engines in military and spy satellite launches due to USA reliance on the RD-180.
Analysts in Moscow said it was highly unlikely that Putin would allow inspectors to enter the country to head off the additional sanctions, since doing so would look like succumbing to USA pressure.
"The UK welcomes this further action by our U.S. allies", a No 10 spokesman said. The Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack.
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The announcement of U.S. sanctionscaused the value of the rouble to plunge early on Thursday and Russian stock markets to fall.
Vladimir Putin's government violated an worldwide act banning the use of chemical and biological weapons with the assassination attempt, the State Department said.
He criticized 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 United States, Royce noted, had imposed sanctions against North Korea in response to what it determined was a violation of the law following the assassination of Kim Jong Un's brother with the chemical warfare agent VX as he was passing through the global airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2017.
The United Kingdom welcomed the move from the U.S. on Wednesday.
While criticized as too keen to strike up a friendship with Putin, Trump maintains that he's been tough on Moscow.
In the event of non-compliance, the official added, a second round of "draconian" sanctions would be given a green light. The U.S. said at the time it was the largest expulsion of Russian spies in American history.
The current situation in Washington appears to represent a "sanctions war", Clark said, as there are clearly "competing elements of the U.S. state".
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