U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Nerve-Agent Attack in Britain

Орєшкін В Росії змінюється ставлення до санкцій – новини

Орєшкін В Росії змінюється ставлення до санкцій – новини

The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it will impose new sanctions on Russia over the nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Under the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, the president must determine whether a country has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law or used "lethal biological weapons against its own nationals", the State Department said.

Police officers guarded a cordon around a police tent covering a supermarket auto park pay machine, March 13, near the spot where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found critically ill following exposure to the Russian-developed nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury, England.

The United States said Wednesday it was imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation over Moscow's involvement in the use of a "lethal" nerve agent in the attempted killing of a former spy in Britain.

"In practice this will mean we are imposing a "presumption of denial" upon export licences for USA -origin national security-sensitive goods and technology to any Russian state-owned or state-funded enterprise", the official said in a conference call with reporters.

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The sanctions are mandated by a US law that requires action over the use of chemical and biological weapons-but President Trump maintains significant discretionary power over the degree of that punishment.

Moscow considers Washington's new anti-Russia sanctions over the ex-spy poisoning as a declaration of economic war, Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Friday.

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

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the USA move runs contrary to a "constructive" atmosphere at the Trump-Putin summit last month, and he strongly denied any Russian role in the poisoning in Britain. Furthermore, Moscow eliminated all stockpiles of its chemical weapons under worldwide obligations, unlike the United States, which has still to honor its commitment. (Authorities believe a British woman's death was caused by accidental exposure to the nerve agent).

It's a benefit, they argue, of policies put in place amid a raft of Western sanctions imposed over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in the US 2016 presidential elections.

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The sanctions announcement coincided with reports that the White House is drafting its own executive order that would sanction foreigners involved in election interference.

Countries can also introduce sanctions in retaliation to other countries' sanctions.

The ruble is down 14.25% versus the dollar this year. Anger over what some United States lawmakers saw as a too-deferential performance by Trump and his failure to confront Putin over Moscow's alleged meddling in United States politics galvanized a new sanctions push against Moscow.

The news came as Republican US Senator Rand Paul said he had delivered a letter from US President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing cooperation.

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