US imposes sanctions on Russian Federation for nerve agent attack in UK

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

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We are tough on Russian Federation, and at the same time we're quite committed to working to maintain relations because there are important things at stake here.

The sanctions, set to go into effect later this month, target Russia's defense sector and could prevent hundreds of millions of dollars worth of equipment from reaching state-owned companies. His administration has sanctioned a number of Russian officials and oligarchs for human rights abuses and election meddling. The first, which targets United States exports of sensitive national-security related goods, comes with deep exemptions and numerous items it covers have already been banned by previous restrictions.

The sanctions are mandated under the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, which says the USA president shall tighten the penalties within 90 days unless Moscow provides "reliable assurances" that it no longer engages in such activities, and allows on-site inspections by United Nations observers.

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

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.

The White House said Trump provided "a letter of introduction" at Paul's request, and that the president "mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin".

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"Making a linking to these events (the British poisoning) is for us unacceptable and such restrictions like those passed by the American side earlier ... are absolutely illegal and do not correspond to global law", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to a Reuters report.

In a sign the Kremlin was not eager to escalate an already hard situation, however, Peskov said it was too early to talk about Russian countermeasures.

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Russia says it is preparing "countermeasures" to what it calls "categorically unacceptable" new sanctions being imposed by the United States over Moscow's alleged poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in England with a military nerve agent.

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

"Trump is the master of media manipulation, and the decision to sanction Russia over the Skripal assassination attempt comes, not coincidentally, as pressure mounts on the president to react to the widespread condemnation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election", Professor Michael Cullinane, a reader in USA history at the University of Roehampton, told i.

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Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said the USA is behaving like a "police state, threatening and torturing a suspect to get evidence".

He added: "We deny in the strongest terms the accusations about the possible connection of the Russian state to what happened in Salisbury".

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.

"They are not an instrument, but the policy itself".

Western sanctions have already drastically reduced Western involvement in Russian energy and commodities projects, including large-scale financing and exploration of hard-to-recover and deepwater resources.

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