Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Russian Prime Minister Medvedev warns US against further sanctions

Russian Prime Minister Medvedev warns US against further sanctions

Washington subsequently accused Moscow of breaking the 1991 global law against chemical and biological warfare. "Our American friends should understand that".

The State Department announced the sanctions on Wednesday but did not say what or who would be targeted, with more details to follow later this month.

The Kremlin has vehemently denied any involvement in the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents, and it did so again in lieu of new sanctions.

Wednesday's surprise US State Department announcement of fresh sanctions are linked to the widely held belief in Washington that Russian agents were responsible for the nerve gas attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

The Skripals were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, England, on March 4, having been poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The Kremlin earlier Thursday called the latest action by the US State Department "unacceptable".

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

The Russian government has criticized the United States for ordering new sanctions against Russia.

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He went on to say the sanctions "contravene worldwide law". His administration has sanctioned a number of Russian officials and oligarchs for human rights abuses and election meddling. One of the hardest hit was Aeroflot, the Russian state airline, which could lose its ability to fly to the United States as a possible outcome of the new sanctions.

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

"In practice this will mean we are imposing a "presumption of denial" upon export licences for USA -origin national security-sensitive goods and technology to any Russian state-owned or state-funded enterprise", the official said in a conference call with reporters.

The US expelled a number of Russian diplomats as part of an worldwide response to the attack, when the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were taken ill in March.

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, accused the USA of "masterminding" the nerve agent attack on the Skripals as a pretext for announcing more sanctions.

Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the upper house of parliament's global affairs committee, was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying it appeared Washington was now behaving like "a police state".

"In the American internal political conflict, Russian Federation is not so much a reason, as an instrument", insisted Fyodor Lukyanov, a foreign policy analyst, discussing Washington's continued use of sanctions, during an interview on Echo of Moscow radio. Bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress last week would punish Russia's energy and financial sectors and sanction Russian sovereign debt.

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