‘Out of the question’ - Russia ATTACKS new United States sanctions over Salisbury poisoning

‘Out of the question’ - Russia ATTACKS new United States sanctions over Salisbury poisoning

They were aimed at punishing Putin's government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, in the British town of Salisbury in March.

When asked about how the new sanctions jibe with President Trump's desire to improve relations with Russian Federation, which he made quite clear during last month's summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, a State Department official said they're perfectly aligned, as the entire Trump administration is "tough on Russian Federation".

The US administration is obliged to act, under legislation, if chemical or biological weapons have been used.

Lawmakers from Russia's ruling party accused US politicians of treating the country like a punching bag in their partisan infighting and in midterm campaigning.

The Guardian this week reported the Government is set to submit an extradition request to Moscow for two Russians suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack. One of them died.

The law requires the president to terminate arms sales, deny us credit and prohibit the export of sensitive technology to any country using chemical or biological weapons.

European countries and the United States expelled 100 Russian diplomats after the attack, in the strongest action by Trump against Russia since he came to office.

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While the central bank has not replied to Reuters request for comment about implications of the ruble's drop, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has tried to dismiss concerns about Russia's vulnerability to the USA sanctions.

"We confirmed that we continue to strongly stand for an open and transparent investigation of the crime committed in Salisbury and for bringing the culprits to justice".

Elaborating in a briefing today, a State Department official said the most significant sanction is "the imposition of a presumption of denial for all national security sensitive goods or technologies that are controlled by the Department of Commerce pursuant to the Export Administration Regulations".

"In our view, these and earlier restrictions are absolutely unlawful and don't conform to worldwide law", Mr Peskov said.

A photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry shows U.S. President Donald Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and then Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak in the White House in May 2017.

The new sanctions will not fully take effect until later in August, but already the Russian ruble tumbled to two-year lows and nervous investors began selling off Russian assets. "So that is going to be a carve-out under this - under these new sanctions", the official added.

Poisoned: Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33.

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's meeting with Putin will allow Trump to communicate this uncomfortable decision with some diplomatic cordiality.

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