Russian prime minister warns U.S. against ramping up sanctions

4 ways Team Trump can make Russia pay

4 ways Team Trump can make Russia pay

It fell again on August 9, reaching a two-year low, after the U.S. State Department announced that new sanctions will be imposed on Russia over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in March, in what Britain, the United States, and others say was an Russian attack using a Soviet-designed nerve agent known as Novichok.

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

The State Department's surprise announcement of the new sanctions on Wednesday jolted Moscow, where some politicians and analysts had been hopeful that Putin's meeting with President Trump in Helsinki in July would stabilize U.S.

He went on to say the sanctions "contravene global law".

Experts say Russian Federation is unlikely to meet those requirements, but it's also hard to imagine the Trump administration cutting diplomatic ties with Russian Federation in three months.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attend a session of the Council of Heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Sochi on 11 October 2017.

The US response may be partly motivated by a desire to be seen to be tough on Moscow after accusations that Mr Trump was too soft on Russian Federation.

The news came as Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday he had delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing cooperation.

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They were seriously ill but later made a full recovery after spending several weeks in hospital.

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.

The announcement fueled already worsening investor sentiment about the possible impact of more USA sanctions on Russian assets and the rouble at one point slid by over 1% on Thursday against the dollar, hitting a two-year low.

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

In an early reaction, the Kremlin said the sanctions were illegal and unfriendly, and the USA move was at odds with the "constructive atmosphere" of Trump's and Putin's encounter in Helsinki.

Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the Kremlin considers the new sanctions "categorically unacceptable" and "illegal", while adding that Russia "still retains hopes of building constructive relations with Washington".

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.

The Skripals survived the attack but a British couple was poisoned by the same Novichok agent in a nearby town, one of whom, 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, subsequently died.

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