USA justification for sanctions 'far-fetched' - Russian Federation

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

"We consider the tying of new restrictions - which as previously we consider illegal - with the affair in Salisbury to be categorically unacceptable", Peskov told reporters during his daily telephone briefing.

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.

In turn, U.S. State Department officials insisted the new sanctions were triggered automatically by longstanding U.S. policy regarding the use of chemical weapons by state actors.

"The UK welcomes this further action by our US allies".

"In this way, the USA is consciously taking the path of further heightening of tensions in bilateral relations that have already been brought practically to zero by their efforts".

Russian Federation is planning retaliatory measures against sanctions imposed by the U.S. over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, which caused the rouble to fall to its lowest level since November 2016 this morning. Along with his daughter Yulia, he was left seriously ill after being poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok in March. The United States will impose sanctions on Russia for the country's use of a nerve agent in an assassination attempt on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Speaking about sanctions now in place and those recently announced, Medvedev said that despite the declared political reasons behind them, those measures are intended mostly "to limit our economic power".

A State Department official said the sanctions could have a significant impact on trade with Russian Federation.

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Such technologies have often been used in items including electronic devices as well as calibration equipment.

There would, however, be exemptions for space flight activities, government space cooperation, and areas covering commercial passenger aviation safety, which would be reviewed on a case by case basis, the official added. There will also be some further restrictions on Russian access to United States financial services.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the US 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.

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Per BBC, US investigators have determined the country is behind the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, who were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, England.

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.

One of them, Charlie Rowley, said that he believed the poison came from a bottle of what he thought to be perfume that he found on the ground and gave to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess.

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