US Russia sanctions: Russia calls sanctions ‘draconian’ after Salisbury Novichok blame

The Russian Embassy based in Washington DC accused Donald Trump’s government of “far-fetched accusations” after the US confirmed on Wednesday that Russia had used a chemical weapon in the UK in order to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

The US State Department stated yesterday: “The United States determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law, or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.”

America has promised fresh trade sanctions as a punishment.

The Kremlin strongly denies its involvement in the incident and was quick to rebuff the sanctions on Thursday morning.

In a statement posted on social media, the Russia’s Embassy in Washington DC said: “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 American side refused to answer our follow up questions, claiming that the information is classified.

“However we were told that the US has enough intel to conclude that ‘Russia is to blame’.

“For our part, we reiterated our principle stands on events in the UK.

“We confirmed that we continue to strongly stand for an open and transparent investigation of the crime committed in Salisbury and for bringing the culprits to justice.

“We suggested publishing our correspondence on this issue.

“No answer has followed so far.”

Two other British nationals have also been poisoned by the substance, with one losing their life.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, died in July after having come into contact with Novichok on June 30.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley was also exposed to the chemical but recovered.