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United States justification for sanctions 'far-fetched' - Russian Federation

Russia news Russia news The US has hit out at Russia over the Salisbury attack
Lloyd Bates | 10 August, 2018, 16:31

A second set of measures could be substantially broader and would be imposed if Moscow fails to meet a 90-day deadline to provide "reliable assurances" it will no longer use chemical weapons, allow on-site inspections by the United Nations or other global observer groups, and respond to other US demands.

The Government has welcomed new U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation for using a military grade nerve agent on a former spy in Salisbury.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov came out swinging Thursday morning against a new round of US sanctions against Russian Federation.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said this afternoon that Moscow was starting to work on measures following Washington's decision to impose sanctions, which she claimed were using the Salisbury attacks in March as a pretext.

The sanctions would cover sensitive national-security controlled goods, a senior State Department official told reporters on a conference call, citing the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act.

The announcement fueled already worsening investor sentiment about the possible impact of more United States sanctions on Russian assets and the rouble at one point slid by over 1% on Thursday against the dollar, hitting a two-year low.

The State Department's announcement fuelled already worsening investor sentiment about the possible impact of more sanctions on Russian assets and the rouble at one point slid by over 1 percent against the dollar, hitting a two-year low, before recouping some of its losses.

The higher price of oil, however, has given Russia's government a large financial cushion to maintain public services and to assist business magnates targeted by USA sanctions.

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England have yet to decide whether Chris Woakes, a fellow pace-bowling all-rounder, or off-spinner Moeen Ali will replace Stokes. Play was scheduled to start at 11:00 BST, but steady rain kept the covers on the pitch and prevented the toss at 10:30.

Chinese Unipec suspends USA oil imports amid growing trade row
Oil prices rose on Tuesday with re-introduced US sanctions against major crude exporter Iran expected to tighten global supply. It shipped out nearly 3 million barrels per day of crude in September, equivalent to about 3% of global demand.

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Modric then went into the World Cup in buoyant move, and he managed to lead his Croatian side to the World Cup final. If Modric does want to leave, it would take quite an offer for him to do so.

Moscow's strategy of trying to improve battered U.S. -Russia ties by attempting to build bridges with President Donald Trump is backfiring after U.S. lawmakers launched a new sanctions drive last week because they fear Trump is too soft on Russian Federation. Authorities say they have linked the two batches of the deadly nerve agent.

Furthermore, Moscow eliminated all stockpiles of its chemical weapons under global obligations, unlike the United States, which has still to honor its commitment. The Trump administration had 60 days, under law, to report their findings back to the committee, but by the June letter Congress had heard nothing.

It comes after Republican and Democrat senators introduced a draft bill last week proposing curbs on several Russian-owned banks operating in the U.S. and restrictions on their use of the dollar.

Heightened concern spurred by the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England is prompting USA national security officials to consider seriously the prospect of a similar attack, current and former officials said. Russia's political and business leaders were quick to chalk up a summit last month between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin as a victory.

Three months after the Salisbury attack, two other people fell ill at a house in Amesbury, about eight miles from the city.

Both Skripal and his daughter survived the attack, but spent weeks recovering in the hospital.

After tests, scientists at the UK's military research lab, Porton Down, found the couple had also been exposed to Novichok.

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