US imposes sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in UK

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"The Russian side will work on developing retaliatory measures", ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told journalists. That could include the USA withdrawing support for global loans and US bank loans, blocking Russian airlines from landing in the USA, and suspending diplomatic relations.

Vladimir Vasilyev, a senior researcher at the Institute of the U.S. and Canada in Moscow, said the Americans were strengthening sanctions "from an element of pressure into an ultimatum".

Nauert said the sanctions would begin on August 22.

"In this way, the United States is consciously taking the path of further heightening of tensions in bilateral relations that have already been brought practically to zero by their efforts".

A couple from Salisbury, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, then came into contact with the same deadly batch of nerve agent nearly three months later on June 30. 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 worldwide observers verify that - then there will be a second, harsher round of sanctions in 90 days.

Skripal was a double agent, working for years with Russian intelligence while secretly passing information to British authorities.

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.

The first round of the new sanctions, scheduled to take effect August 22, will include a broad ban on technology exports to Russian Federation.

"In practice this will mean we are imposing a "presumption of denial" upon export licences for USA -origin national security-sensitive goods and technology to any Russian state-owned or state-funded enterprise", the official said in a conference call with reporters.

Such technologies have often been used in items including electronic devices as well as calibration equipment. Other exemptions could be granted on a case-by-case basis.

But "smart sanctions" are sometimes used - they're much more targeted and created to only punish a small number of people rather than an entire nation.

They also banned some of the major business leaders with ties to the Russian government from coming into the European Union and US.

The U.S. move also triggered a sell-off in Russian government bonds and the dollar-denominated RTS index fell to its lowest since April 11.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said the sanctions send "an unequivocal message to Russian Federation that its provocative, reckless behavior will not go unchallenged".

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Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia were found slumped unconscious on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

Peskov was referring to the nerve-agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Moscow has angrily rejected any involvement in the poisoning, plunging diplomatic relations with London into crisis. Moscow, in turn, responded to the global action by ordering its own expulsion of foreign diplomats.

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