The United States will impose sanctions on Russian Federation for its alleged use of a nerve gas agent in an attempt to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England.
Poisoned: Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33.
The sanctions would be structured in two tranches, with the biggest impact from the initial sanctions expected to come from a ban on granting licenses to export sensitive national security goods to Russia, NBC reported, quoting a senior State Department official.
A State Department official said the sanctions could have a significant impact on trade with Russian Federation.
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9 responded to new USA sanctions accusing it of conducting an illegal chemical attack, calling them "unacceptable". Russia's motivation can only be guessed at but the most plausible explanation is that, with or without President Putin's explicit approval, Russian military intelligence sought to punish a traitor and test the limits of western patience with a single batch of the nerve agent known as novichok.
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.
State Department officials said there would be "carve-outs" in the sanctions for "the provision of foreign assistance to Russia and to the Russian people", as well as for joint spaceflight activities and commercial aviation.
"Making a linking to these events is for us unacceptable and such restrictions like those passed by the American side earlier. are absolutely illegal and do not correspond to global law", said Peskov.
The new U.S. sanctions would cover sensitive national-security controlled goods, a senior State Department official told reporters.
Medvedev's tough tone was in stark contrast with past statements by President Vladimir Putin and his lieutenants, who have taken a nonchalant posture while talking about USA and other Western sanctions, seeking to downplay their impact on the Russian economy. It would also impose mandatory sanctions on individuals found to have taken part in the interference.
The action followed the US Treasury's imposition of sanctions in March against 19 Russian citizens and five entities for interfering in the 2016 US election - the toughest steps against Moscow since President Donald Trump took office. In early April, just before the first tough round of USA sanctions in response to Russian "worldwide malign activity" was announced, the ruble stood at roughly 58 to the dollar.