USA imposes sanctions on Russian Federation over Skripal poisonings in Salisbury

USA imposes sanctions on Russian Federation over Skripal poisonings in Salisbury

USA imposes sanctions on Russian Federation over Skripal poisonings in Salisbury

The Russian prime minister's comments came after the United States announced on Wednesday that it would impose new sanctions on Russia over the Salisbury nerve agent attack, which the US State Department described as a...

The action is aimed at punishing President Vladimir Putin's government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

British police reporteldy have identified multiple Russian suspects who left the country after the poisonings of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in March in Salisbury, England, along with a police officer who responded to the scene.

The U.S. sanctions announced on Wednesday, which will go into effect around August 22, will restrict the licenses granted for exports of national security goods and technologies to Russian Federation.

Russian Federation denies any role in the attack.

The State Department's surprise announcement of the new sanctions on Wednesday jolted Moscow, where some politicians and analysts had been hopeful that Putin's meeting with President Trump in Helsinki in July would stabilize U.S.

According to the law, it could include downgrading diplomatic relations, suspending national flag carrier Aeroflot's ability to fly to the United States and cutting off almost all exports and imports.

Former Russian military intelligence official Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in the English city of Salisbury in March. Russia's political and business leaders were quick to chalk up a summit last month between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin as a victory.

It comes after Republican and Democrat senators introduced a draft bill last week proposing curbs on several Russian-owned banks operating in the USA and restrictions on their use of the dollar.

The tough message from Dmitry Medvedev marked what the Kremlin sees as a red line, reflecting a growing dismay with the new US sanctions that already has sent the Russian ruble plummeting to its lowest level in two years.

They were seriously ill but later made a full recovery after spending several weeks in hospital.

A second round of sanctions that could go into effect 90 days later would cut far deeper, including blocking all American bank loans to Russian entities, an outright ban on U.S. exports to Russia, and suspension of diplomatic relations.

Vladimir Vasilyev, a senior researcher at the Institute of the United States and Canada in Moscow, said the Americans were strengthening sanctions "from an element of pressure into an ultimatum".

Senior lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament, accused the US of behaving like a 'police state, threatening and torturing a suspect to get evidence'.

In turn, U.S. State Department officials insisted the new sanctions were triggered automatically by longstanding U.S. policy regarding the use of chemical weapons by state actors.

One of them, Charlie Rowley, said that he believed the poison came from a bottle of what he thought to be perfume that he found on the ground and gave to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess.

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