Russia Considers Retaliation For 'Categorically Unacceptable' New U.S. Sanctions

Russia Considers Retaliation For 'Categorically Unacceptable' New U.S. Sanctions

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the action was aimed at punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin's government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law".

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, in the British town of Salisbury in March.

Britain was quite happy with the expulsions back in March, and unsurprisingly was quick to endorse the new USA sanctions as a "strong global response to the use of a chemical weapon on the streets of Salisbury".

British officials had declared that Russian Federation was to blame for the attempted poisoning of Sergei V. Skripal, a British citizen, and his daughter Yulia, in large part because of the obscure poison involved.

The U.S. announcement fueled already worsening investor sentiment about the possible effect of more U.S. sanctions on Russian assets and the ruble slid by over 1 percent on Thursday against the dollar, a day after falling toward its lowest level in almost two years.

British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the US decision.

"I guess what it's about is the internal politics in the United States, that Donald Trump of course has been under a lot of pressure at home for talking about wanting to meet Vladimir Putin again and his policy is a reflection really of how his business operates - he says one thing one day, one thing the next, to try to keep the various factions happy".

He criticized the US decision to link the sanctions to the British nerve agent case, an incident the Kremlin has long cast as a Western plot to damage its reputation and provide a pretext for more sanctions.


Dawn Sturgess, 44, later died in hospital.

The action follows the US Treasury's imposition of sanctions in March against 19 Russian citizens and five entities for interfering in the 2016 US election - the toughest steps against Moscow since President Donald Trump took office. In early April, just before the first tough round of US sanctions in response to Russian "worldwide malign activity" was announced, the ruble stood at roughly 58 to the dollar.

Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the administration had "complied with the law" and would continue to do so, but added: "We'd like to have a better relationship with the Russian government, recognizing that we have a lot of areas of mutual concern".

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 effect of the new sanctions.

A new round of sanctions that could come into force in three months could put an end to Russian crude oil and oil product exports to the United States, S&P Platts reports, citing a 1991 law treating the imports of national security-sensitive goods, including crude oil, as well as technology.

The sanctions came as an eagerly-watched contest for a previously safe Republican seat in the United States congress went to the wire, leading to speculation that voters were turning against Donald Trump and could punish the Republican Party at mid-term elections. This included siding with the Russian leader over US intelligence regarding alleged Kremlin interference in the 2016 elections that brought Trump to the White House.

The Kremlin, meanwhile, repeated its previous denial of any involvement in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in southern England this year, while playing down the importance of the sanctions. Paul's meeting with Putin will allow Trump to communicate this uncomfortable decision with some diplomatic cordiality.

Related News:



Most liked

EU Revisits Plans To Ditch Apple Lightning Cable
As the vast majority of devices now use micro USB-B or USB-C for some newer devices, the gripe does seem to be directed at Apple . This wasn't a violation of the original agreement.

NASCAR CEO Brian France takes indefinite leave following DUI, drug possession charges
France also initiated NASCAR's substance-abuse policy, which offers a "Road to Recovery" to any member that fails a random test. By the time police got to France, he was already at home and told them he was drinking a soda when he "bumped into something".

Miami Dolphins Players Kneel For Anthem During NFL Preseason Opener
The Giants opened their preseason at home against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, and Big Blue defensive lineman A.J. Eagles defensive end Chris Long had his arm around Jenkins in a show of solidarity.

Usain Bolt confirms A-League stint with the Mariners
The Jamaican great has negotiated an "indefinite training period" with Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League. Bolt said it had been his "dream" to play football and acknowledged it would require a lot of hard work and training.

My Premier League prediction: No change at the top
Ian Wright believes Liverpool FC can beat Manchester City to their first Premier League title this season. . Manchester United have a front six of Mata, Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial and Sanchez.

Apple says it's monitoring Infowars app
This response would be bad enough if Twitter didn't ban accounts for far less across seemingly arbitrary lines ( which they do ). The Twitter CEO is no stranger to criticism over his company's mishandling of harassment and hate speech on his service .

Thai cave rescue boys granted citizenship
They were found by two British divers nine days later, but it took another six days to rescue the first team members. An global effort to rescue them ended on July 10 when they all were brought out safely.

God Of War New Game Plus Introduces New Armor Sets
Lastly, users can now skip all of the in-game cinematics in normal and New Game Plus after they've beaten the game once. Another feature of New Game+ is the ability to skip cut scenes - a much-requested option from the game's fan base.

Sony Has Another Name For Its Spider-Man Universe Films
Universal tried to launch their Dark Universe banner and now Sony is looking to launch their own universe with Spider-Man characters.

Huawei to cheer as China overtakes United States in 5G spending
The country's five-year economic plan, which runs through 2020, calls for spending $400 billion on 5G investment, it pointed out. China built around 350,000 new cell sites over this period, compared to fewer than 30,000 for the US .

Lawsuit threat shuts down ROM downloads on major emulation site
The company did so by suing the Arizona man that allegedly owns them, claiming video game piracy. This is an extremely emotional decision for me after running this site for so many years.

Thousands Petition for LeBron James to Be Made Secretary of Education
At the time of publication, the petition has been signed more than 15,000 times and has a new goal of 16,000 signatures.

Lindsay Lohan says some #MeToo accusers look "weak"
Lohan spoke about the movement in an interview with The Times , explaining that she never had negative experiences in Hollywood. The 32-year-old actress admitted she would "hate" herself for her comments but hit out at "attention seekers".

Texans star DeAndre Hopkins tweets he's single, not dating Iggy Azalea
In the comment section, Azalea flirted, writing: 'I could think of a few other things to call you'. Affirmative: When the fan asked: 'Are you her boyfriend?' he replied: 'yes indeed'.

Aerosmith tour van found in Massachusetts woods after 40 years
Decades later, the van has been found by none other than the stars of History Channel's hit show " American Pickers ". The History Channel series American Pickers recently unearthed an awesome piece of rock ephemera.