The Russian ruble is getting slammed amid United States sanctions

The Russian ruble is getting slammed amid United States sanctions

"The government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law", US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

New US sanctions will cover exports of a number of US goods and services, including supplies of electronics, components and technologies for the oil and gas industry, a high ranking official of the US State Department said on Thursday.

The US is poised to impose sanctions on Russia in retaliation for a March nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter.

The State Department's announcement fuelled already worsening investor sentiment about the possible impact of more sanctions on Russian assets and the rouble at one point slid by over one per cent against the dollar, hitting a two-year low, before recouping some of its losses.

Mr Rowley told ITV News he had earlier found a sealed bottle of perfume and given it to Ms Sturgess, who sprayed the substance on her wrists.

The first, which targets USA exports of sensitive national-security related goods, comes with deep exemptions and numerous items it covers have already been banned by previous restrictions.

The US is trying to play up this "anti-Russian topic as a way to continue demonising Russia" and make it appear that it is not fulfilling its global obligations, Ms Zakharova said.

Peskov highlighted on Thursday what he called the "unpredictability of Russia's partners across the Atlantic.you can expect anything from Washington", he told CBS News partner network BBC News, calling the USA, "an unpredictable worldwide player".

A second round of tougher sanctions could be imposed in 90 days if Moscow does not meet a list of demands, the State Department said.

"You can impose sanctions against another state because you want to see a change in behaviour of the other state", says Professor Moritz Pieper, a lecturer in worldwide relations at the University of Salford.

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The Novichuk poisoning incident was claimed by Britain's government, but contested by Russian Federation.

Lawmakers in Washington had to partially roll back a 2014 ban on Russian engines in military and spy satellite launches due to USA reliance on the RD-180.

The Kremlin has vehemently denied any involvement in the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents, and it did so again in lieu of new sanctions.

Analysts in Moscow said it was highly unlikely that Putin would allow inspectors to enter the country to head off the additional sanctions, since doing so would look like succumbing to US pressure.

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce, who had pushed months ago for Trump to take action over Russia's use of banned weapons, applauded the move as "key to increasing pressure on Russian Federation".

The new U.S. sanctions come amid increasing frustration with Trump's handling of Russian Federation, and how he apparently needed congressional prodding to impose the new penalties.

"In recent years, Vladimir Putin has steadily escalated his campaign to consolidate power and undermine the United States", Royce said in the letter.

There would be exemptions for space flight activities as well as areas covering commercial passenger aviation safety, the official added.

President Trump met with Putin at a summit in Helsinki, Finland, in July, and was widely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans alike who accused Mr. Trump of being too conciliatory to Putin.

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