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Moscow to retaliate over US sanctions

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has announced that Moscow is starting to work on retaliatory measures after the United States revealed a new round of sanctions against Russia.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US unveiled new sanctions against Russia after claiming that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK in March this year, allegations that the Kremlin denies.

The new sanctions are expected to come into effect around August 22, according to the State Department.

Zakharova said, “Russia had repeatedly warned that talking from a position of strength and using ultimatums is useless and futile.” She said that the country will devise “retaliatory measures” against the “recent hostile act of Washington.”

“Washington is using the Skripal poisoning story as an unjustified pretext for imposing new restrictions on Moscow,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson added.

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Matteo Natalucci
9 August 2018

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