Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

US Will Sanction Russia After UK Nerve Agent Attack

US Will Sanction Russia After UK Nerve Agent Attack

On Tuesday the rouble rate had been 63.4.

Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the Novichok military-grade nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March.

MOSCOW-Russian officials and companies were bracing for further economic pain Thursday, as the US decision to punish the Kremlin for an alleged nerve-agent attack in the United Kingdom diminished hopes of a bilateral thaw. A ban on Aeroflot flights to the United States could lead to a ban on US airlines traversing Russian airspace.

The euro also gained against the rouble, which slumped to a rate of 76.8. Authorities say they have linked the two batches of the deadly nerve agent. Mr Skripal and his daughter recovered after intensive care in hospital, and their current whereabouts are being kept secret.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt thanked the U.S. on Thursday in a tweet. The sanctions being applied recognize that reality and intend to make Russia pay a price for it where it hurts Putin most - in the Russian economy.

The threat of more US sanctions kept the rouble under pressure on Friday, sending it crashing past two-year lows at one point before it recouped some of its losses.

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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 worldwide law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals, " the State Department said.

Perhaps it's finally dawning on our Russian "friends" that we're not playing around any more.

The move could cut off hundreds of millions of dollars worth of exports to Russian Federation, according to a senior State Department official, who requested anonymity in order to speak about the sanctions.

The first set of sanctions covered by that announcement, which USA officials said target export licenses of sensitive US technologies and industrial equipment, such as electronics, calibration equipment, and gas turbine engines, are expected to enter into force around August 22. There will also be some further restrictions on Russian access to USA financial services.

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.

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".

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All are prohibited from any transactions involving the United States financial system.

"Once again we totally reject any allegations of possible Russian government involvement over what happened in Salisbury". Those sanctions restrict travel and financial transactions.

Several members of Congress had expressed concern that the Trump administration was dragging its feet on the determination and had missed a deadline to publish its findings.

On Wednesday, Russia's Kommersant daily published excerpts from another piece of draft USA legislation which proposes a ban on U.S. citizens purchasing Russian sovereign debt as well as steps against the country's biggest banks as well as its oil and gas sector, a key driver of the economy.

The sanctions are expected to take effect later this month.

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