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Russia slams US sanctions over Skripal novichok poisoning slamming the West for acting as ‘prosecutor, judge and hangman’

RUSSIA has slammed the West for playing “prosecutor, judge and executioner” after the US slapped new sanctions on them over the Salisbury spy poisoning saga.

It furiously opposed what it branded the “draconian” new measures, imposed after Washington concluded the Kremlin behind the attack on ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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Russia has slammed the US for slapping sanctions on it over the spy poisoning saga in Salisbury

Russia’s delegation to the international chemical weapons watchdog said: “Collective West in the so-called Novichok drama acts as a prosecutor, judge and hangman at the same time.

“Why should [Russia] prove its innocence and not the other way round?” it wrote on its official Twitter account.

The Russian embassy in Washington accused the US of running a “sanctions assembly line” following the surprise announcement by the State Department yesterday.

It went on to say the US action was “absolutely unlawful” but played down the prospect of immediate tit-for-tat measures.

Police cordon off the street after a man fell ill near the Zizzi restaurant where ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia dined in Salisbury
 The US took drastic new measures after determining the Kremlin was behind the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal

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The US took drastic new measures after determining the Kremlin was behind the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal

The sanctions came just weeks after Donald Trump spoke of his respect for Vladimir Putin at their meeting in Helsinki.

Unusually, there was no immediate comment by the US president, who has been heavily critical of the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Under US law, Washington must act if it turns out that Russia did use chemical or biological weapons.

State Department officials said the sanctions, due to come into force on August 22, are expected to include an export ban on sensitive national security technology and goods.

 People in military hazardous material protective suits collect an item and photograph its location in Queen Elizabeth Gardens

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People in military hazardous material protective suits collect an item and photograph its location in Queen Elizabeth Gardens
Medics who battled to save Yulia Skripal and Sergei Skripal discuss their treatment
 Officers could be seen examining items throughout the park today

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Officers could be seen examining items throughout the park today
 Officers in hazard suits placed a tent over the grave of poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skirpal's son

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Officers in hazard suits placed a tent over the grave of poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skirpal’s son

More could follow if Russia cannot prove it is no longer using chemical weapons or provide “reliable assurances” it will not do so in future.

According to US reports, they could include downgrading diplomatic relations, suspending flights to the US by state airline Aeroflot and cutting off many exports and imports.

In its statement, the Russian Embassy in Washington accused the US of failing to provide any justification for the action.

It said: “We grew accustomed to not hearing any facts or evidence.

 The sanctions came just weeks after Donald Trump spoke of his respect for Vladimir Putin at their meeting in Helsinki

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The sanctions came just weeks after Donald Trump spoke of his respect for Vladimir Putin at their meeting in Helsinki

The American side refused to answer our follow-up questions, claiming that the information is classified.

“However, we were told that the US has enough intel to conclude that Russia is to blame.”

In Moscow, Mr Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said they were still waiting for official notification from the US authorities.

Yulia Skripal speaks out for first since since nerve agent poison attack on her and dad Sergei in Salisbury


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