Russian Federation denounces new U.S. sanctions

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

Russian officials lambasted new USA sanctions Friday and vowed to push back in response as relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate.

But the punitive measures triggered a furious reaction from Moscow.

The Russian top diplomat stressed that "since the Salisbury incident, neither the U.S. nor Great Britain nor any other country have presented a single fact to prove these allegations".

The new announcement could bolster Trump's claim that his administration is taking a tough stance on Moscow, even as he denounces special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe as a "witch hunt" that ought to be halted immediately.

The nerve agent was found on the front door of Skripal's home.

If the Russian side does not provide guarantees of non-use of chemical weapons and does not agree to the admission of global inspectors, Washington would trigger an additional package of measures: it can reduce the level of diplomatic contacts, prohibit the airline "Aeroflot" to fly to the U.S., as well as to minimize mutual trade and prevent Russia from obtaining worldwide Bank loans.

Pompeo and Lavrov discussed sanctions and Syria's civil war during the call, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. In this context, it's bizzare to see the U.S. administration also confirm their readiness for improving relations with Russian Federation.

Earlier, the Kremlin said the new batch of sanctions on Moscow announced by the U. "Russian Federation will have to brace for more to come over the next several years, prepare for the worst and push back where it can".

If sanctions are expanded even further to target Russia's top state-controlled banks, freezing their dollar transactions - as proposed under legislation introduced in the Senate this month - it would amount to a "declaration of economic war", Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.

"Speaking on further sanctions, I would not like to comment, but I can say one thing", Medvedev said at a meeting of employees of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve.

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The official said a second batch of "more draconian" sanctions would be imposed after 90 days unless Russian Federation gives "reliable assurances" that it will no longer use chemical weapons and allow on-site inspections by the United Nations or other global observer groups. "And our American friends must understand that".

Moscow would consider new US sanctions in the financial sector "a declaration of economic war", Russian prime minister said on Friday.

Russian Federation is planning retaliatory measures against sanctions imposed by the United States over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, which caused the rouble to fall to its lowest level since November 2016 this morning.

A second round - kicking in three months later unless Russian Federation provides "reliable assurances" it will not use chemical weapons again and agrees to United Nations inspections - could include downgrading diplomatic relations, suspending flights to the U.S. by state airline Aeroflot and cutting off many exports and imports.

He said Trump's tough actions are having an impact on Russian Federation, whose economy is already "in the toilet".

President Trump had already moved to expell a hundred Russian diplomats from the USA following the attack.

The Trump administration has aggressively used sanctions as a tool to deploy when diplomacy won't work.

"There are actions to directly counter USA sanctions directed against other countries, such as Iran and North Korea".

Medvedev's tone differed considerably from the nonchalant ones President Vladimir Putin and his lieutenants have used when talking about Western sanctions and downplaying their impact on the Russian economy.

"Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America!"

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