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Russia calls new sanctions "draconian"

Russian Federation continues denying its involvement in the Skripal's case
12:40, 9 August 2018

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Russian Embassy in the US called new anti-Russian sanctions, imposed due to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, “draconian”, as the statement of Embassy’s website says.

“On August 8, 2018 our Deputy Chief of Mission was informed in the State Department of new “draconian” sanctions against Russia for far-fetched accusations of using the “Novichok” nerve agent against a UK citizen S.Skripal and his daughter by the “Russian Government”. We grew accustomed to not hearing any facts or evidence,” the statement says.

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Earlier, on August 8, the US imposed new anti-Russian sanctions due to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The sanctions are supposed to come into force on August 22.

It remains unknown, what sanctions the US Administration imposes. Yet, according to The Washington Post, the new sanctions are divided into two parts. First one includes a ban on selling some items of goods in Russia, such as electronic devices.

The other part will be imposed on Russia if it does not agree to stop using the chemical weapon and does not let UN observers conduct an inspection within a 90-day term. 

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As it was reported earlier, ex-colonel of Russia’s GRU, Chief Intelligence Department, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.

British Prime Minister Theresa May decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats due to the incident in Salisbury. Russian diplomats had a week to leave Great Britain. Besides, the law enforcers will tighten control at the customs and check of private planes for the same reason. In return, Russia said it would expel 23 British diplomats as a reaction to Britain’s actions. Russian Foreign Ministry informed in its announcement.

Related: British police found suspects in attempt at Skripals in Salisbury

As we reported earlier, more than 20 states have expelled Russian diplomats due to Skripal’s poisoning in Salisbury. Ukraine expelled 13 Russian diplomats, and Russia as a reaction has declared 13 Ukrainian diplomats personae non-gratae. 

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