US Will Sanction Russia After UK Nerve Agent Attack

Salisbury Spy Poisoning: US Says Russia Was Behind Nerve Agent Attack In UK, And Will Impose Sanctions

If Moscow violates the sanctions then it could see restrictions on flights from the Russian Aeroflot airline to the US, sanctions on USA bank loans, increased export and import restrictions, including on gas and petroleum, and potentially even a downgrade of diplomatic relations. He added that the new sanctions amount to "inflicting a punishment in the absence of a crime in the tradition of lynch law". He went on to describe it as a "kind of game where everyone has to show how tough they are on Russian Federation".

The United States announced yesterday that it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after Washington determined Moscow had used a nerve agent against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in March.

A senior State Department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day.

While Kremlin spokesman Peskov suggested the Kremlin was still weighing how to respond to the sanctions, other Russian officials were less circumspect.

"And he is. After all, the sanctions only cover technology or goods that might be sensitive to national security, a restriction most would have assumed was already in place, and the sanction can be suspended in some instances such as space flight cooperation".

In a statement issued by its embassy in Washington, Russia called charges that Moscow employed chemical weapons "far fetched" - arguing the USA lacked evidence, and repeating demands for a new investigation into the poisoning.

A State Department official said the sanctions could have a significant impact on trade with Russian Federation.

The United Kingdom welcomed the move from the USA on Wednesday. "At times, the number of those who want to ditch the rouble is becoming so high, so there is not enough liquidity".

Russia's economy had demonstrated it was stable in the face of past sanctions, as well as fluctuations in the oil price, he said in a statement.

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

Russian Federation continues to deny any involvement in the attack, calling the impending sanctions "draconian".

Moscow has angrily rejected any involvement in the poisoning, plunging diplomatic relations with London into crisis.

The action follows the US Treasury's imposition of sanctions in March against 19 Russian citizens and five entities for interfering in the 2016 US election - the toughest steps against Moscow since President Donald Trump took office.

"The U.S.is once again behaving like a police state, beating out evidence from suspects by threats and torture", he told Interfax.

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.

Sanctions can be quite a blunt instrument if they are a blanket ban on something, and can have unintended consequences.

President Trump had already moved to expell a hundred Russian diplomats from the USA following the attack. Just this week, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the measure's lead sponsors, has called it "the sanctions bill from hell".

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