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Russia says possible US new sanctions on Moscow over chemical weapons 'illegal'

IANS  |  Moscow 

considers any potential new sanctions related to imposed by the US on to be illegal and will respond accordingly once they are announced, Russian officials have said.

On Tuesday, the said that it might impose another round of sanctions on over the latter's involvement in the nerve agent attack on a former Russian in Britain in March.

"We consider these restrictions imposed by the on to be illegal, and we will also treat accordingly similar steps if they follow," Kremlin said on Wednesday, reported.

Russian officials said that is using far-fetched excuses to justify its plan of new sanctions, as it accuses Russia of failing to meet the terms of its Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act (CBW Act) of 1991.

"The reference to US legislation, which Russia supposedly must comply with, looks dubious. Russia is not obliged to comply with any of the laws of the US," Leonid Slutsky, of the State Duma's international affairs committee, was quoted as saying.

He underlined that fully adheres to its international obligations and has already completely destroyed its reserves of on its territory.

The lack of arguments for the introduction of new sanctions against Russia makes US politicians look for "convincing evidence" of Moscow's guilt where it is absent and cannot be found, Slutsky said.

Nevertheless, Russian officials said the possible sanctions would not exert major influence on Russia.

said Russia's national and institutional investors have learnt to deal with possible risks on the national debt market via previous experience, and that the country has enough reserves to tackle issues of the federal budget deficit.

"Wherever it is possible, we will challenge the actions of the Americans," Storchak said.

He added that Russia has platforms where it can respond efficiently to possible sanctions, such as the and the

"Nothing critical will happen. I'm sure of it. But all of this is unpleasant and, of course, will force us to make certain decisions," Russian was quoted by news agency as saying.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 07:02 IST