Russian Federation calls fresh United States sanctions "illegal"

US imposes new sanctions on Russia over nerve agent poisoning

In a statement Thursday, a Russian official said the U.S.is making "unacceptable demands" of Moscow and urged the cancellation of the sanctions. The statement also accused Russian Federation of violating global law.

"And he is. After all, the sanctions only cover technology or goods that might be sensitive to national security, a restriction most would have assumed was already in place, and the sanction can be suspended in some instances such as space flight cooperation".

The State Department said the sanctions were in response to "the use of a "Novichok" nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate United Kingdom citizen Sergei Skripal" - who was a double agent - and his daughter Yulia in March.

She said sanctions would take effect on or around August 22.

But Congress has been pushing for such a decision and now the state department has confirmed Russia's actions contravened 1991 U.S. legislation on the use of chemical weapons.

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

Months after Britain alleged that the Russian government carried out nerve-agent attacks in Salisbury, the Trump Administration has announced a new round of sanctions against Russia, aimed to punish them for the incident.

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A specialist team member in a police protective suit in Salisbury, England, last month.

They are aimed at punishing Putin's government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the US decision. "The American side refused to answer our follow-up questions, claiming that the information is classified", the statement said.

A State Department official Wednesday said the delay in issuing the sanctions did not reflect any hesitation on the part of the Trump administration. US officials say the order is meant to answer the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain. The Russian embassy in Washington has accused the United States of running a "sanctions assembly line".

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce, who had pushed months ago for Trump to take action over Russia's use of banned weapons, applauded the move as "key to increasing pressure on Russian Federation". He insisted that Russia's financial system is strong enough to withstand shocks from the new penalties. The shares of Russian state-controlled banks, the national carrier Aeroflot and other companies also tanked. The Trump administration had 60 days, under law, to report their findings back to the committee, but by the June letter Congress had heard nothing.

"This whole accusatory pyramid is being built in the absence of any legal substantiation, but they're still telling us about global law and respect for legal obligations", Zakharova told the Moscow briefing.

This week, Britain's the Guardian newspaper reported London is preparing to ask Moscow to extradite two Russian citizens suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

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