Russian prime minister warns United States against ramping up sanctions

Russian prime minister warns United States against ramping up sanctions

Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.

She accused Washington of picking the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, as a "contrived excuse" for sanctions.

Reuters curiously leaves out the catalyst for the sanctions applied by the White House, never mentioning the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal and the Russian use of a chemical weapon in the United Kingdom, a key usa ally.

New sanctions proposals in U.S. Congress include legislation targeting Russia's state-controlled banks and freezing their operations in dollars - a move that would deal a heavy blow to the Russian economy.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog, concluded in April that the nerve agent Novichok, known to have been first produced by the Soviet military, had been used in the attack against the Skripals, both of whom survived, although it did not assign blame.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were hospitalized and treated for a nerve-agent attack in March.

On Friday, the White House strongly condemned the poisoning incident, which a spokesman for Trump's National Security Council called "a reckless display of contempt for the universally held norm against chemical weapons".

Trump made no public comments on the matter, and communications aides referred all questions to the State Department, which said the USA still sought improved ties with Moscow.

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The US is trying to play up this "anti-Russian topic as a way to continue demonizing Russia" and make it appear that it is not fulfilling its worldwide obligations, Zakharova said.

The US and European Union also have sanctions in place against dozens of Russian state officials and firms accused of involvement in the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea and support for the separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America!

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said states that "use or condone" chemical weapons "need to know there is a price to pay", adding: "Thank you U.S. for standing firm with us on this".

Trump's relationship with Russian Federation came under fresh scrutiny last month after his press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, in which he appeared to accept the Kremlin's denial that it did not interfere in the 2016 US elections.

But Congress has been pushing for such a decision and now the state department has confirmed Russia's actions contravened 1991 U.S. legislation on the use of chemical weapons. Our provision of foreign assistance is a tool of USA power and influence, and we're not going to foreswear that just because we have the obligation to impose some sanctions against Russian Federation.

Also in March, Washington ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, and the closure of Russia's consulate general in Seattle. The exports were previously allowed on a case-by-case basis.

They were critically ill, but survived after spending weeks in the hospital.

The attack prompted the United Kingdom and its Western allies to expel many Russian diplomats - and Russia retaliated with its own expulsions.

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