Publicado: Sáb, Agosto 11, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Britain welcomes United States sanctions on Russian Federation over Salisbury nerve agent attack

Britain welcomes United States sanctions on Russian Federation over Salisbury nerve agent attack

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday invoked the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 to impose new sanctions against the government of the Russian Federation for using the banned Novichok chemical weapon against the Skripals.

The State Department said the sanctions were aimed at punishing Moscow for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law", mandated under the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

Members of the emergency services wearing protective clothing work near the bench where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in Salisbury, Britain, March 13, 2018.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharaova denied Russian involvement in the Skripal poisoning on Thursday and said Moscow is working on unspecified "retaliatory measures" against the United States.

In Moscow, the ruble shed as much as 5% against the dollar on Thursday and stocks plunged as much as 9%, led by state banks and national carrier PJSC Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, which risk losing access to USA markets if the sanctions escalate.

Heightened concern spurred by the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England is prompting US national security officials to consider seriously the prospect of a similar attack, current and former officials said.

The US has said it will impose fresh sanctions on Russia after determining it used nerve agent against a former Russian double agent living in the UK.

A senior State Department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day.

In a statement Thursday, a Russian official said the U.S.is making "unacceptable demands" of Moscow and urged the cancellation of the sanctions.

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No. In June the United States imposed sanctions on five Russian companies and three Russian individuals in response to alleged Russian cyber-attacks on the US. It's a benefit, they argue, of policies put in place amid a raft of Western sanctions imposed over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in the USA 2016 presidential elections.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said states that "use or condone" chemical weapons "need to know there is a price to pay", adding: "Thank you U.S. for standing firm with us on this".

"And we must absolutely respond to this war; by economic means, by political means and if necessary by other means", he added.

Medvedev's tough talk on August 10 came after the United States announced a new round of sanctions and US lawmakers proposed further measures, including restrictions on the operations of several state-owned Russian banks and curbs on their use of the USA dollar.

"Sanctions are the U.S. weapon of choice", Trenin wrote on Twitter. Waivers have been issued for foreign assistance and space flight activities, while commercial passenger aviation and other commercial goods for civilian use will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, according to the official who briefed reporters.

A State Department official denied that the actions undermined President Trump's continued assertions that he would like to improve relations with Russian Federation.

Moscow ordered 60 American diplomats expelled in a tit-for-tat response.

They were critically ill, but survived after spending weeks in the hospital.

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