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Updated On: Wednesday, 22 August 2018
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Russia Dismisses New US Sanctions Over Poisoning of Ex-Russian Spy in Britain

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Russia said Thursday new sanctions the United States imposed in connection with the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain are illegal and that Russia had nothing to do with the March incident.

The U.S. State Department announced the sanctions Wednesday, saying Russia broke international law by using a lethal nerve agent against its own nationals. The measures are set to take effect August 22 and generally involve U.S. licenses for exporting sensitive national security goods to Russia, such as electronics.

The Kremlin blasted the move as "unacceptable." "The restrictions are absolutely unlawful and don't conform to international law," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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