New U.S. strike: Ruble sanctions

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The United States almost agreed on a new package of sanctions against Russia in connection with the case Skrobala, reported Bloomberg citing sources. The new sanctions are likely to affect the banking sector and the MIC. The ruble on this news fell to the Euro and the dollar. Possible disconnection of Russian banks from the SWIFT system can make the chances of real economic growth in Russia even more ghostly.

The US is preparing for a new round of anti-Russian sanctions. According to sources of Bloomberg, the sanctions planned to be imposed against Russia in connection with the case Skrobala in British Salisbury. This package should be a response to the poisoning in the UK of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia.

According to the Agency, U.S. officials in the state and Treasury departments “have checked sanctions and are awaiting white house approval.”

What exactly will be the new us sanctions Bloomberg interlocutors do not specify. At the same time, the Agency recalls that in September 2018, Deputy Secretary of the Bureau of economic and business Affairs of the state Department Manisha Singh spoke about Washington’s intentions to impose “very severe sanctions” against Russia, including “Bank sanctions, a ban on the purchase of defense products and monetary assistance.”

The first round of sanctions in the case Skrobala was launched in August last year. Then the us administration used the current law “On control of chemical and biological weapons” and imposed a ban on the supply to Russia of electronics and various dual-use products. Demands were also made against Russia — to provide guarantees of non-use of chemical weapons, to allow UN inspectors or other international organizations to enter its territory, etc. Since Moscow does not recognize the fact of its participation in the Skripal Case, these instructions were ignored.

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In December last year, a representative of the us state Department said that Russia has not fulfilled the requirements of the law and is now deciding what should be the second package of sanctions. He stressed that the us administration never announces in advance what restrictive measures will be introduced.

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