U.S. Threatens Russia With Sanctions, Demands Moscow To ‘Prove’ That It Is Not Going To Use Chemical Weapons

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U.S. Threatens Russia With Sanctions, Demands Moscow To 'Prove' That It Is Not Going To Use Chemical Weapons

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US State Department announced that the US is prepared to impose new sanctions on Russia due to its alleged role in the Skripal nerve agent attack.

The sanctions are required by law due to Russia’s unsurprising failure to provide any evidence that it would no longer use chemical weapons, despite no evidence that it used them in the first place. The initial batch of sanctions were imposed on August 24th.

“Today, the Department informed Congress we could not certify that the Russian Federation met the conditions required by the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991. We intend to proceed in accordance with the terms of the CBW Act, which directs the implementation of additional sanctions,” US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert was cited by Sputnik on November 6th.

“The Department is consulting with Congress regarding next steps,” Nauert said, referencing a legal requirement that could potentially be dragged out for a while before any actual sanctions are imposed.

The cited law was invoked by the US in August when it imposed an initial batch of sanctions on Russia to punish it for the alleged attack on Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Under law, Russia had 90 days to “demonstrate” that it would renounce the use of chemical weapons and allow inspectors from the UN and mostly from the US.

Naturally and expectedly Russia did no such thing, because any actions would mean that Russia acknowledges the accusations of playing a role in the failed alleged assassination attempt. Moscow has denied all accusations and has repeatedly called for the provision of evidence to back the allegations.

The second batch of sanctions that are to be imposed include the downgrading of all diplomatic relations, ban on the import of Russian oil and exports of “all other goods and technology,” apart from agricultural products. There will also be a limitation on loans that US banks can provide to Russian individuals and organizations.

“The Chemical Biological Weapons Act mandates that the State Department certify to the Congress whether Russia has met conditions required by the law three months after the initial determination of the Skripal case. That initial determination was made August 6, and that takes us to November 6,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino was cited by Sputnik.

US President Donald Trump can stop the sanctions if he deems that they go against US national interest. Whether that will happen is questionable, especially now that Democrats have control of the House of Representatives.

Palladino said that there is no rush to make a decision, the 1991 law doesn’t set out a timeline for when consultations with the Congress should end.

Anatoly Antonov, the Russian Ambassador to the US said that Moscow has seen conflicting information about the types of new US sanctions that could be put in place.

The Congress is also considering its own sanctions bills, which could also have far-reaching effects on the Russian economy. They include the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act, which would put restrictions on Americans buying Russian sovereign debt and curb investments in Russian energy projects.

The second batch of sanctions more than anything puts NASA in danger of having no supplier of rockets for their missions, since Russia is the only global producer of the technology.

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  • Redadmiral

    Admit you did what we know you haven’t the capacity to do. Which will prove conclusively we are the Biggest Bully in the world and can do what ever the fuck we want to do. That is, we intend starting WW 3 with a massive Nuclear strike and blaming You God Dammed Ruskies for it and anyone who survives who doesn’t believe US will be left to Fukin Die. God will only save Jews and their hand-picked slaves.

  • Merijn

    U.S….IT IS TIME TO PROOF THAT YOU DID NOT CREATE: AL QAEDA, ISIS & ALL OTHER HEADCHOPPING FUCKTARDS….THAT YOU DID NOT STEAL THE IRAQI & LIBYAN GOLD, THAT YOU DID NOT WANT TO CREATE A GREATER ISRAHELL, THAT YOU DID NOT BLOW UP THE TWIN TOWERS TO CONQUER AFGHANISTAN FOR YOUR HEROIN-PRODUCTION, THAT YOU DID NOT STEAL SYRIAN OIL WITH THE HELP OF YOUR ISISRAEL-MERCENARIES, THAT YOU DID NOT MASSMURDER MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR YOUR PROFITS…

    PROOF IT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA….PROOF IT

  • Bigaess Wangmane

    Their Psychosis is showing again, demanding another country to prove a negative is the antithesis of law aka guilty until proven innocent. The U.S should know and recognise that the burden of proof always falls on the accuser, not the accused.

    How about THEY provide some evidence for once proving that Russia/Syria has used or is about to use Chemical Weapons.

  • Sinbad2

    Russia really doesn’t need chemical weapons to use chemical weapons against the US.

    The US has vast supplies of nerve gas, and biological weapons. With the right kind of strikes the American chemicals and germ agents could be released and not destroyed, that would quickly depopulate North America.

  • Titel Gogurion

    S U A UN STAT DE NEBUNI DE MINCINOSI SI HADICAPATI MINTALI

  • Promitheas Apollonious

    I dont think any one give a shit what americans saying or doing.

  • Jamie9260

    this coming from a group who arms funds and trains ISIS and who ever else?

  • You can call me Al

    How can you prove you are innocent if the UK will not send any information about what happened, plus of course if you have no idea, because you did not do it ?.

    This has to be the lowest the US and the UK have ever sunk.

    I am ashamed of my UK and apologise from the people.

    • AM Hants

      Ditto.

  • Dušan Mirić

    The US “failed” to destroy its stocks of CW due to “lack of money”!!!

  • AM Hants

    Reverse blame/mirror transposition. So boring.

    US, who refuse to give up their CWs, owing to not being able to afford it. Whilst investing £70 million in Porton Down and setting up bio-chemical labs, surrounding Russia. Now why did the US need to advertise for Russian DNA? What is going on in Georgia, Ukraine and Porton Down? Why do the staff have full diplomatic immunity?

    Russia, who have given up their chemical weapons.

    Why is the OPCW so mute, with regards it all?

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    You cannot prove an event that has not occurred/may never occur. The King of chemical weapons is the U.S. They used liquid phosphorus in Afghanistan and more recently in Syria.