New US Sanctions on Russia Are 'a Real Deterrent'

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   PUNISHMENT Trump's administration will slap Russia with a new round of sanctions

Russian officials lambasted new US sanctions Friday and vowed to push back in response as relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate.

The intervention came as the rouble-dollar rate reached 66.7 on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

Donald Trump's administration explicitly blamed Russian Federation for carrying out the chemical attack on Sergei and Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in what was believed to be an assassination attempt.

One of the people slapped with sanctions was oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire who ran Russian aluminum giant Rusal, which was also sanctioned.

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Photo Yulia Skripal is now at an undisclosed location after recovering from the poisoning.

The full U.S. Congress will not be back in Washington until September, and congressional aides said they did not expect the measure to pass in its entirety.

With more Congressional pushes for yet more sanctions, Russian Federation issued a warning Friday that further sanctions amount to a "declaration of economic war" against Russian Federation.

Moscow's hopes for better ties with Washington under President Donald Trump have withered as his administration has introduced waves of sanctions against Russian Federation.

The action is aimed at punishing President Vladimir Putin's government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

The Russian embassy in the United States hit back on Thursday morning. "And our American friends should understand it", - said Medvedev.

If new sanctions proposed by the U.S. Congress and the State Department are implemented in full, which remains uncertain, some economists fear growth could weaken to nearly zero. They cover exports of sensitive electronic components and other technologies that can have military applications. These could go as far as a ban on Russian airlines using USA airports.

"Russia expressed strict rejection of new sanctions Washington unveiled recently, citing Moscow's alleged involvement in the so-called Skripal case", the statement reads.

The threatened measures include a far-reaching trade embargo on Russian Federation - but excluding food - and a ban on Aeroflot flights to the US. We are tough on Russian Federation, and at the same time we're quite committed to working to maintain relations because there are important things at stake here.

Previous occasions were against Syria and against North Korea for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of leader Kim Jong-un, who died when highly toxic VX nerve agent was rubbed on his face at Kuala Lumpur airport.

"Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America!"

Russian Federation will decide on retaliatory measures to United States sanctions imposed over a nerve agent attack in Britain blamed on Moscow, which it denies, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

All are prohibited from any transactions involving the U.S. financial system.

The warning, from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reflects Russian fears over the impact of new restrictions on its economy and assets, including the ruble RUB= which has lost almost six percent of its value this week on sanctions jitters. Those sanctions restrict travel and financial transactions.

The sanctions were imposed under the provisions of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, which mandates that once the government has determined that a country has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law or even made "substantial preparations" to do so, sanctions must be imposed.

Now the United States has not yet taken a decision on what will become the second phase of sanctions against Russian Federation, but we already know what options will be considered. At this stage, the restrictions will be reasonable, but 6 months in the case of Russia's refusal from cooperation can be introduced the second wave of sanctions.

Daily Mail reports that a new book by Craig Unger, entitled 'House of Trump, House of Putin; the Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia', claims that President Trump is and has been a Russian asset since 1987.

What was the nerve agent?

Relations between Russian Federation and the West hit a new low. Washington expelled 60 diplomatic workers and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle.

They were critically ill, but survived after spending weeks in the hospital. Investigators believe she found the substance in a discarded bottle and thought it was perfume.

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