U.S. to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve attack in UK

US to impose new sanctions on Russia, claims country used 'chemical or biological weapons' against British ex-spy

On Tuesday the rouble rate had been 63.4.

He criticized the USA decision to link the sanctions to the British nerve agent case, an incident the Kremlin has long cast as a Western plot to damage its reputation and provide a pretext for more sanctions.

The Kremlin acknowledged on Thursday Putin's office had received the letter, but Peskov suggested the Russian leader was yet to parse it. Mr Skripal and his daughter recovered after intensive care in hospital, and their current whereabouts are being kept secret.

US President Donald Trump said in the wake of the attack that "it certainly looks like" Russian Federation was behind it and his then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at the time that the US had "full confidence" in the UK's investigation and conclusion that Russian Federation was probably culpable.

"Thank you United States of America for standing firm with us on this".

Earlier Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert released a statement explaining the sanctions.

A Russia Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Thursday the restrictions represent a new attempt to "demonize Russia".

Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here.

The embassy said it continued to call for an open and transparent investigation into the incident. There will also be some further restrictions on Russian access to USA financial services.

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

Konstantin Koschev, chairman of foreign affairs in the upper house of the Russian parliament, fumed that the U.S.is acting like a "police state" by "threatening and torturing a suspect to get evidence".

Chelsea's London Rivals Set To Hijack This Premier League Superstar
Crystal Palace are determined that Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur target Wilfried Zaha will not leave Selhurst Park this summer. He's very much an integral part of Crystal Palace Football Club.

The higher price of oil, however, has given Russia's government a large financial cushion to maintain public services and to assist business magnates targeted by USA sanctions. It's also not clear why the United States made a decision to wait five months after the expulsions to impose the sanctions.

"We once again flatly reject any accusations regarding the possible involvement of the Russian state in what happened in Salisbury". Those sanctions restrict travel and financial transactions.

"It is an assault on United Kingdom sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of global law".

It won't help that another US senator has now accused Russian operatives of penetrating Florida's election systems ahead of the November mid-term elections.

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

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption 2014: Protestors clash with authorities in Ukraine after the area of Crimea was annexed by Russia What different types of sanctions are there?

What was the nerve agent?

Sterling set new 2018 lows against the dollar and the euro overnight before steadying as this week's selling and hedging amid fears of a no-deal Brexit snowballed on Wednesday, with options market volatility covering the remainder of the year climbing higher.

Britain and many countries pointed the finger at Russian Federation.

Washington ordered 60 diplomats to leave and closed the Russian consulate-general in Seattle.

Two other British citizens fell ill due to Novichok exposure in late June in a town close to Salisbury.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Manafort defense asks Gates about additional extramarital affairs
Aug 10, 2018 - 05:46
In several instances, Manafort signed documents to open accounts, and a copy of his passport was found in the files, she said. Gates was hired by Manafort to serve as deputy campaign chairman and later had a role on Mr Trump's inaugural committee.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island
Aug 10, 2018 - 04:50
The country sits on the Ring of Fire , a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur. Nugroho said authorities had deployed three ships to evacuate people who were packed on the 16-square-kilometre beach.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google Pixel 3 XL leak is best look yet at new phone
Aug 10, 2018 - 04:30
That sounds a lot like the Snapdragon 845, which again would be consistent with rumors about the processor for the Pixel 3. In additional photos, we can see that Google will apparently be changing the color of the power button this time around.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump 2020 to sell 'Space Force' merch
Aug 10, 2018 - 02:12
China and Russian Federation have had significant achievements in space - they have tested technology to shoot down satellites. On Tuesday, however, the Pentagon chief said he fully supported the idea of creating a new US Space Command .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Remains of boy found at squalid compound in New Mexico
Aug 08, 2018 - 16:15
The Taos County sheriff identified the women facing charges as Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35. Morten was charged with harbouring a fugitive and Wahhaj was booked without bond on his Georgia warrant for child abduction.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ag. President, Yemi Osinbajo fires DG of DSS
Aug 08, 2018 - 13:57
On Tuesday, masked security operatives were seen blocking access to the parliament building in the capital Abuja. Seiyefa, who came out of the Acting President's office around 5p.m, left the Villa in another vehicle .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea Keen On Liverpool Target Nabil Fekir But Europa League Negative Factor
Aug 08, 2018 - 08:30
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has sent a clear warning to Mohamed Salah that he will find it harder next season with the club. One window later, Liverpool can get him a lot cheaper since the manager Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of Fekir.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tesla boss Musk weighs go-private deal for electric carmaker
Aug 08, 2018 - 08:27
Shares were pummeled in May after Musk abruptly cut off questions from Wall Street analysts over Tesla's spending plans. The plan would need shareholder approval, but Musk's tweet sent Tesla stock spiking by nearly 9%.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russian helicopter crash kills 18
Aug 07, 2018 - 11:42
Utair has launched its own investigation of the Siberian crash and offered its condolences to families of the deceased. The helicopter with cargo landed safely after the crew dropped the external suspension, it added.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Duchess of Sussex's estranged sister lashes out at her again
Aug 07, 2018 - 09:58
Meanwhile, Meghan herself is reportedly celebrating the day by attending a wedding with Prince Harry , who's acting as best man. However, it remains to be seen if the rumour mill is right about her wanting to forgive her father for his misdeeds.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Pogba holds secret talks with Barcelona chief
Aug 07, 2018 - 08:22
Raiola is known to have approached United about a raise for Pogba after Sanchez moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January. Juventus have agreed a swap deal with Manchester United , involving midfielders, Paul Pogba and Miralem Pjanic.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea star tells Sarri that he wants to leave
Aug 07, 2018 - 07:30
Play from the back, attack where possible and show some ambition. "Sometimes we press in the right way, sometimes no", he said. With Sarri since being brought in as a replacement for Conte, Willian hopes for a better relationship with the 59-year-old.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google Releases Android 9 'Pie'
Aug 07, 2018 - 04:52
Yet if you are anxious to try Digital Wellbeing before it gets released to the general public, there's a way to do that now. Also of note is that the Essential Phone is now receiving its update to Android Pie , which is a great move by Essential.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod launched: Price, full specifications, features
Aug 05, 2018 - 20:42
The company did showcase the demo of the 5G Moto MOD , which supported 5G connection with 1Gbps or greater data transfer speeds. The Moto Z3 is running on Android 8 .1 Oreo, which is now the latest version of Android - at least for a couple more weeks.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Provoked bison charges at man on Yellowstone road
Aug 05, 2018 - 20:13
The video was posted by Lindsey Jones; it was taken taken in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone on Tuesday evening (July 31). This time, the bison charges a bit faster and with his horns down - ready to strike.