Russia Denounces New US Sanctions as Illegal, Mulls Retaliation

Russia Denounces New US Sanctions as Illegal, Mulls Retaliation

Medvedev said that while the US says that the sanctions are meant to punish Russia's "bad" behavior, their real goal is to sideline a rival.

"And it would be necessary, it would be needed to react to this war economically, politically or, if needed, by other means".

"Our American friends must understand this".

The US is to impose sanctions on Russia after determining that it used nerve agent against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the United Kingdom in March.

The U.S. sanctions announced on Wednesday, which will go into effect around August 22, will restrict the licenses granted for exports of national security goods and technologies to Russian Federation. But unless Russia agrees within 90 days to stop all use of chemical weapons and permit inspections to confirm their elimination, additionally mandated measures could cut off nearly all trade between the two countries, prohibit landing rights for Russian airlines, and lead to a suspension of diplomatic relations.

Russia-U.S. ties have sunk to their lowest level since the Cold War times amid tensions over Ukraine, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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.

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The State Department on Wednesday announced that the Trump administration was imposing mandatory new sanctions on Russian Federation for violating a us law prohibiting chemical and biological weapons.

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".

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the allegations, while the United Kingdom authorities have provided no proof of Russia's involvement in the case.

Mike Huckabee said President Trump doesn't get enough credit for his tough stance toward Russian Federation. Anger over what some USA lawmakers saw as a too-deferential performance by Trump and his failure to confront Putin over Moscow's alleged meddling in U.S. politics galvanized a new sanctions push against Moscow.

Wednesday's announcement comes less than a month after a summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki that has sparked concern among both Democrats and Republicans over the president's reluctance to hold the Kremlin to account for interfering in US elections.

The Russian ruble plummeted to its lowest level against the dollar since 2016 on Thursday as Washington prepares to penalize Moscow for a chemical attack in the United Kingdom earlier this year.

"You can impose sanctions against another state because you want to see a change in behaviour of the other state", says Professor Moritz Pieper, a lecturer in worldwide relations at the University of Salford.

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