US to slap sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack

11 August, 2018, 10:59 | Author: Billie Castillo
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On Tuesday the rouble rate had been 63.4.

A police tent covers the spot in Salisbury, Britain, March 6, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found critically ill.

Russian banks were also affected, with shares in state-run Sberbank sliding 4.7%.

"The UK welcomes this further action by our U.S. allies", a spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said in a statement. Mr Skripal and his daughter recovered after intensive care in hospital, and their current whereabouts are being kept secret.

Trump administration officials made clear that USA law gave them no choice but to enact new sanctions - and that it was not their policy decision after President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting in Helsinki last month.

"Thank you U.S. for standing firm with us on this", Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted.

"And this war will have to be responded - by economic, political and, if necessary, other means".

Earlier this month, a group of senators led by Lindsey Graham introduced a new bill proposing further sanctions against Russia-the latest in what is turning into a string of Russia-sanction legislative efforts-this time focusing on investments in energy projects outside of Russian Federation that Russia's government supports.

The embassy said it continued to call for an open and transparent investigation into the incident.

The sanctions are expected to take effect later this month. Those could include denying Russian airlines landing rights in the United States and even severing diplomatic relations.

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If Russia was brazen enough to kill with a chemical weapon on British soil, could it happen in the United States?

Medvedev's tough tone was in stark contrast with past statements by President Vladimir Putin and his lieutenants, who have taken a nonchalant posture while talking about USA and other Western sanctions, seeking to downplay their impact on the Russian economy.

The warning, from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reflects Russian fears over the impact of new restrictions on its economy and assets, including the rouble which has lost almost six percent of its value this week on sanctions jitters. Those sanctions restrict travel and financial transactions.

Washington had become an unpredictable player on the worldwide stage, Peskov added, saying "anything could be expected" from it and that it was important that Russia's financial system, which he described as stable, was prepared.

But Russia's delegation to the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday that the West was acting as judge, jury and executioner.

Peskov said the sanctions were contrary to the "constructive atmosphere" established during U.S. President Donald Trump's July summit with Putin in Helsinki.

What was the nerve agent?

Perhaps it's finally dawning on our Russian "friends" that we're not playing around any more.

In late March, Trump ordered 60 more Russian diplomats expelled from the United States as part of a global response to the attack - a response that included similar expulsions of diplomats from other nations checking Russia.

In March, two weeks after the attack, Trump signed a statement, along with British, French and German leaders, blaming Russian Federation. Three months later, Charlie Rowley of Amesbury, England, found a sealed, boxed bottle of perfume and gave it to his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, who died after spraying the Novichok within on her wrists.

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