Russia Says US Sanctions are Intended to 'Demonize' the Country

Months after the attack a couple in a nearby town were also poisoned by the deadly toxin

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on 4 March, having been poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The Russian government has criticized the United States for ordering new sanctions against Russia.

Poisoned: Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33.

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 global obligations, Zakharova said.

"On Aug. 8, 2018 our Deputy Chief of Mission was informed in the State Department of new "draconian" sanctions against Russian Federation for far-fetched accusations of using the "Novichok" nerve agent against a United Kingdom citizen", the embassy said in a statement.

Mr 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.

"Once again we totally reject any allegations of possible Russian government involvement over what happened in Salisbury", Peskov said Thursday, adding that "Russia did not have and does not have anything to do with the use of chemical weapons". One of them died.

The Associated Press also reported that U.S.is going to impose fresh sanctions against Russian Federation.

What was certain, Gudkov said, was that pro-Kremlin media outlets would use the new sanctions as fresh confirmation of a story line about a "Russophobic" West that many Russians buy. The first, which targets USA exports of sensitive national-security related goods, comes with deep exemptions and numerous items it covers have already been banned by previous restrictions.

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It said Congress is being notified of the August 6 determination and that the sanctions would take effect on or around August 22, when the finding is to be published in the Federal Register.

Earlier Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert released a statement explaining the sanctions.

President Trump met with Putin at a summit in Helsinki, Finland, in July, and was widely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans alike who accused Mr. Trump of being too conciliatory to Putin.

If Russia does not meet three criteria - ending its use of such weapons, assuring the US that it has no plans to use them again, and offering to let global observers verify that - then there will be a second, harsher round of sanctions in 90 days.

The attack prompted an initial wave of diplomatic expulsions between U.S. -Britain allies and Russia - including the tit-for-tat exit of 60 Russian and U.S. diplomats in March.

No. In June the USA imposed sanctions on five Russian companies and three Russian individuals in response to alleged Russian cyber-attacks on the US.

Paul said the letter "emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges".

Russian lawmaker Sergei Ryabukhin made the remarks Thursday, saying Moscow could cut off supplies of the RD-180 rocket engines to the U.S.

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