The US must make Putin pay for his nerve agent attack

10 August, 2018, 07:05 | Author: Lora Ball
  • U.S. orders new sanctions against Russia over chemical attack in Britain

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.

Peskov highlighted on Thursday what he called the "unpredictability of Russia's partners across the Atlantic.you can expect anything from Washington", he told CBS News partner network BBC News, calling the USA, "an unpredictable worldwide player".

A fresh round of economic sanctions are to come into force on August 22 as punishment for Russia's violation of global law, the department said.

The U.S. announcement fueled already worsening investor sentiment about the possible effect of more U.S. sanctions on Russian assets and the ruble slid by over 1 percent on Thursday against the dollar, a day after falling toward its lowest level in almost two years.

Russia's delegation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on August 9 accused the West of acting as prosecutor, judge, and executioner.

The Kremlin on Thursday vowed to retaliate against "unacceptable" new USA sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain, which prompted the ruble and Russian stocks to tumble.

Mr Rowley told ITV News he had earlier found a sealed bottle of perfume and given it to Ms Sturgess, who sprayed the substance on her wrists. One died last month.

News of the US measures sent the rouble tumbling to two-year lows at one point and sparked a wider asset sell-off over fears that Moscow was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions.

A State Department official Wednesday said the delay in issuing the sanctions did not reflect any hesitation on the part of the Trump administration.

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When asked Thursday about the possibility of a ban on Aeroflot, Peskov labelled the U.S. administration an "unpredictable participant in worldwide affairs", adding "you can now expect anything".

But initial triumphalism swiftly turned sour as anger over what some US lawmakers saw as an over deferential performance by Trump and his failure to confront Putin over Moscow's alleged meddling in USA politics galvanized a new sanctions push. Our provision of foreign assistance is a tool of USA power and influence, and we're not going to foreswear that just because we have the obligation to impose some sanctions against Russian Federation. He insisted that Russia's financial system is strong enough to withstand shocks from the new penalties. The currency sank toward its weakest close since November 2016.

Russian banks were also affected, with shares in state-run Sberbank sliding 4.7 percent.

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.

The punishments will get harsher in three months' time if Russian Federation doesn't follow the USA's demands on the use of chemical weapons.

The Trump administration has also already responded to the nerve agent poisonings.

"The mandatory sanctions that follow this determination are key to increasing pressure on Russian Federation".

"Vladimir Putin must know that we will not tolerate his deadly acts, or his ongoing attacks on our democratic process", Royce said.

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