Kremlin denounces new United States sanctions as illegal

Kremlin denounces new United States sanctions as illegal

The 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act "requires the president to make a determination with respect to whether a country has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals, " the State Department said.

Nauert said the sanctions would begin on August 22.

"If they dream up some (measures), we will answer - it's not our choice".

"The financial system is rather robust.That's obvious to everyone", said Kremlin spokesman Peskov.

But investors didn't wait for details, driving the Russian ruble to a two-year low against the dollar and sending shares in Russian companies plummeting on the stock market. Central bank data showed on Friday it had started buying less foreign currency on Wednesday, the first day of the rouble's slide.

"We are being threatened with further escalation of sanctions pressure", she said.

He said the countries were now in a state "balancing on the verge of war".

Even as rumors of impending new sanctions swirled in the media, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul - a supporter of Trump's efforts to engage Russia - announced he had delivered a letter from President Trump to Putin during meetings with Russian officials in Moscow earlier this week.

The announcement in Washington was likely to intensify troubles for the ruble, which took a hit Wednesday along with the stock market over rumors of separate new tough USA sanctions over election meddling.

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Such technologies have often been used in items such as electronic devices and calibration equipment. These are sensitive goods that normally would go through a case-by-case review before they are exported.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the new sanctions "categorically unacceptable" and "illegal". There will also be some further restrictions on Russian access to U.S. financial services.

In the event of non-compliance, a second round of "draconian" sanctions would be given a green light, the official said, adding that these could go as far as a ban on Russian airlines using USA airports.

Trump has not shied away from condemning the Skripal attack, but critics have questioned why it has taken the USA government so long to impose the new sanctions in response.

Moscow ordered 60 American diplomats expelled in a tit-for-tat response.

Members of the emergency services wearing protective clothing work near the bench where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in Salisbury, Britain, March 13, 2018.

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.

Reports earlier this week that the United Kingdom was preparing to request the extradition of two Russians it suspected of being behind the attack were found to be less advanced than initially suggested, Sky sources said.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the Skripals' poisoning and also the subsequent death of a British woman Dawn Sturgess after she was exposed to the agent. Moscow has been blamed for the poisonings, but has denied any involvement.

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