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Moscow to decide retaliatory measures to US sanctions

AFP  |  Moscow 

will decide on retaliatory measures to US sanctions imposed over a nerve agent attack in Britain blamed on Moscow, which it denies, the foreign ministry said today.

"The Russian side will work on developing retaliatory measures," told journalists.

The Kremlin earlier today called the latest action by the "unacceptable." The announcement of US sanctions caused the value of the ruble to plunge early Thursday and Russian stock markets to fall.

Zakharova said the was "knowingly presenting demands that are unacceptable to us" as conditions for the sanctions to be lifted.

"We are being threatened with further escalation of sanctions pressure," she said.

"In this way, the US is consciously taking the path of further heightening of tensions in bilateral relations that have already been brought practically to zero by their efforts." She accused of picking the of former Russian double agent and his daughter in Salisbury, England, as a "contrived excuse" for sanctions.

has denied any involvement in the and also the subsequent death of a British woman after she was exposed to the agent.

The US is trying to play up this "anti-Russian topic as a way to continue demonising Russia" and make it appear that it is not fulfilling its international obligations, Zakharova said.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 19:55 IST