The US State Department said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions by the month's end after determining that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Britain.
The State Department announced the penalties on Wednesday - a response to the poisoning last March of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, in the British town of Salisbury.
The Russian Embassy in Washington in a statement late on August 8 called the allegations that Russia poisoned the Skripals with Novichok "far-fetched", and said neither Washington nor the British government had produced evidence supporting those allegations. -Russian relations. A 1991 law, however, mandates sanctions once the president makes a determination that a country is responsible for a chemical or biological weapons attack.
In April 2018, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on seven of Russia's richest men-or "oligarchs"-as well as 17 top government officials, to put pressure on President Vladimir Putin's inner circle".
The statement demanded that Russian Federation "address all questions" related to the attack and provide "full and complete disclosure" of its Novichok chemical program.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, later died in hospital.
He went on to say the sanctions "contravene global law".
European countries and the United States expelled 100 Russian diplomats after the attack, in the strongest action by President Donald Trump against Russia since he came to office.More news: Ohio State opens practice but keeps coaches, team away
If Moscow violates the sanctions then it could see restrictions on flights from the Russian Aeroflot airline to the US, sanctions on USA bank loans, increased export and import restrictions, including on gas and petroleum, and potentially even a downgrade of diplomatic relations.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking to reporters on a conference call, said the USA move was "absolutely unfriendly".
"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 global relations at the University of Salford.
Britain said it welcomed the United States response to the chemical attack in Salisbury, the English town where the Skripals were poisoned. "So that is going to be a carve-out under this - under these new sanctions", the official added.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharaova denied Russian involvement in the Skripal poisoning on Thursday and said Moscow is working on unspecified "retaliatory measures" against the United States.
In a statement Thursday, a Russian official said the U.S.is making "unacceptable demands" of Moscow and urged the cancellation of the sanctions.
Trump's administration's new sanctions though throw off his recent attempts at outreach to the Kremlin that was on display at his meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month. Rand Paul hand-delivered a letter from Mr. Trump to Putin, asking for "expanding dialogue".