Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Britain welcomes United States sanctions on Russian Federation over Salisbury nerve agent attack

Britain welcomes United States sanctions on Russian Federation over Salisbury nerve agent attack

"We consider categorically unacceptable the linking of new restrictions, which we as before consider illegal, to the case in Salisbury", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on August 9.

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. This is out of the question. What's more, we can not even say for sure what exactly and how it was used in Britain, since we don't have any information or any response to our proposal for a joint investigation with Britain into this incident, which concerns us greatly.

The Kremlin said the new sanctions were "illegal and do not correspond to global law".

Nauert said the sanctions will go into effect later this month.

Konstantin Koschev, chairman of foreign affairs in the upper house of the Russian parliament, fumed that the U.S.is acting like a "police state" by "threatening and torturing a suspect to get evidence". The official said requests for licenses to export such goods to Russian Federation would now be "presumptively denied". With these sanctions, the exports will be presumptively denied.

The sanctions enacted so far this year, and the threat of more, have already inflicted pain on Russia's middle class.

NBC, citing USA officials, said the second tranche could include downgrading diplomatic relations, suspending the state airline Aeroflot's ability to fly to the United States, and cutting off almost all exports and imports.

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

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The US State Department said on Wednesday it would impose new sanctions by the end of August, after determining that Moscow used a nerve agent against a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Britain.

New US sanctions will cover exports of a number of US goods and services, including supplies of electronics, components and technologies for the oil and gas industry, a high ranking official of the US State Department said on Thursday.

Peskov was referring to the nerve-agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Russian authorities played down the importance of new USA sanctions, saying they have tools to maintain financial stability, after a new round of US penalties sent the rouble plunging to a two-year low.

Mr Rowley told ITV News he had earlier found a sealed bottle of perfume and given it to Ms Sturgess, who sprayed the substance on her wrists.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a one-on-one-meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

Irina Yarovaya, deputy speaker of the State Duma, is the latest Russian official to condemn the sanctions that have sent the rouble tumbling and sparked fears of economic catastrophe.

Paul said the letter "emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges". After its latest dive Thursday, the ruble had fallen to roughly 66 to the dollar - a decline that harms the buying power of Russians interested in traveling overseas or in buying foreign goods.

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