Russia Is FUMING Over New Wave Of U.S. Sanctions, Here’s How They Responded

The Kremlin is calling a new wave of United States sanctions “unacceptable” and potentially in violation of international law.

The U.S. recently announced additional sanctions against Russia after it was found out they violated a U.S. law prohibiting the use of chemical and biological weaponry. As ABC News reports, the sanctions were in direct response to Russia being blamed for an assassination attempt on former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal.

According to the report, they were poisoned with Novichok, a Russian nerve agent. “The poison was smeared onto the front door of Skripal’s home in Salisbury, England, and U.K. authorities have blamed the assassination attempt on the Kremlin,” ABC News reports.

The State Department subsequently blamed Russia for the attack and issued the sanctions.

“Following the use of a ‘Novichok’ nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals,” the State Department said in a statement, as Fox News reports.

“Following a 15-day Congressional notification period, these sanctions will take effect upon publication of a notice in the Federal Register, expected on or around August 22, 2018,” the department added.

Here’s more on the sanctions, per ABC News:

The new U.S. sanctions ban the export of any national security-sensitive goods or technology to Russia and will affect such products as gas turbine engines, electronic devices and equipment, circuits and calibration equipment. A senior State Department official estimated the sanctions could affect hundreds of millions of dollars in trade with Russia.

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More worrying for Russia, however, is that the law cited by the administration includes a second provision that will impose a second round of far more punishing sanctions on Moscow if it now fails to comply with the legislation within 90 days.

Things could quickly get worse for Russia…

The Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 requires that in order to avoid the next round of sanctions, Russia must prove it is not using chemical or biological weapons and allow impartial observers to verify compliance.

And, if Russia violates the sanctions, the U.S. response could restrict from Russia into the U.S., they could freeze or halt U.S. bank loans to the country or Russian businesses, or increase current export and import restrictions.

“We consider the tying of new restrictions — which as previously we consider illegal — with the affair in Salisbury to be categorically unacceptable,” Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin’s spokesman, said in response to the announcement.

Russia has denied any connection to the assassination attempt or use of chemical or biological weapons. They have also rejected British and European demands for access to their weapon stockpiles, ABC News reports.

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