ABOUT US  |  CONTACT US  |  RSS  |  ARCHIVE  |  2018-08-21  |  UPDATED: 2018/8/20 - 12:33:10 FA | AR | EN
HAJJ AT-TAMATTU            WHY SHOULD YOU EAT HALAL EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A MUSLIM?            HAJJ-DAY-BY-DAY            SHIA AND IMAMATE            US, Pakistan Welcome Ceasefire Announcement             Taliban militants kidnap 170 passengers from Kunduz-Takhar highway             Merkel implicitly rejects Putinís call to help Syria reconstruction            íSocial, econ. woes behind US, Britain low life expectancyí             18th Asian Games in Pictures             US cuts Syria ístabilizationí fund, vows to continue anti-Damascus bid            La Liga: Barcelona 3-0 Alaves/ video             Taliban Preparing To Attack Kabul: Massoud             Afghanistan Celebrates Independence Day            Chinese president to pay formal visit to N Korea in Sept.: Report            Syria slams ídespicableí Saudi support for US ploys in war-torn state            

DATE PUBLISHED: 2018/8/9 - 10:58:16
VISIT: 99
SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS

News Analysis: Experts foresee further deterioration of ties as U.S. slaps sanctions on Russia over spy poisoning

U.S. experts have said the announcement on Wednesday of fresh U.S. sanctions against Russia over an alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter will further worsen the ties between Washington and Moscow.

Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said Washington determined on Monday that the Russian government "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals."

She added that sanctions, which are based on the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, will take effect on or around Aug. 22, following a 15-day congressional notification period.

According to senior State Department officials, the sanctions will come in two phases. The first phase will ban the granting of licenses to sell "all national-security sensitive goods or technologies" to Russia.

At the moment, such sales applications are being scrutinized on a case-by-case basis, and Washington "will be presumptively denying such applications" after the sanctions come into force.

They said unless Russia, within three months since the sanctions become effective, provides "reliable assurances" that it will no longer engage in chemical weapons use and allows on-site inspections by the United Nations or other internationally recognized impartial observers, the second batch of "more draconian" sanctions will be imposed.

The officials estimated that the sanctions may affect hundreds of millions of dollars worth of exports, dealing a blow to some 70 percent of the Russian economy and resulting in an approximately 40-percent fall in workforce.

Sergei Skripal, a 66-year-old double agent who worked for the Soviet militaryís intelligence services before defecting to Britain, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center in the southwestern British city of Salisbury on March 4.

The British government accused Russia of masterminding the poisoning, which it said involved the use of Novichok nerve agent. Russia has denied any involvement.

In a separate case on June 30, 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and her partner, Charlie Rowley, were hospitalized after being exposed to what British authorities confirmed was Novichok in Amesbury in southwestern England. Sturgess later died while Rowley remained in critical condition.

Britain on Monday asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international chemical weapons watchdog, for assistance in the investigation of the Amesbury attack.

The OPCW said Tuesday in response to the request that it "will deploy a technical assistance team for a follow-up visit and to collect additional samples."

Russia has vehemently denied any role in both attacks. The Russian Embassy in Britain said Wednesday that Londonís invitation of the OPCW lacked transparency.

"The technical assistance requested by the British authorities to íindependently confirm the identity of the nerve agent,í unfortunately, lacks transparency and attests to UKís arbitrary interpretation of the CWC (Chemical Weapons Convention)," the embassyís press officer was quoted by Russiaís Sputnik news agency as saying.

Given that the chance for reconciliation from Moscow is slim, U.S. experts said the sanctions may continue to hurt the Russian economy and drive further the vicious cycle of U.S.-Russia hostilities.

Ford OíConnell, a Republican and news commentator who frequently shows up on TV, told Xinhua that "this is a situation where Trump has been tough on Russia, particularly when Russia is perceived to be bad actors threatening the world order."

Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation said U.S. policy toward Russia is strengthening rather than weakening following the Helsinki Summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "President Trump gave Russia the opportunity to change its aggressive ways, but clearly Putin is not interested in doing so."

The scholar foresees "a further deterioration of U.S.-Russian relations, and an increasingly hardline stance from Washington towards Moscow."

William Courtney, an adjunct senior fellow at RAND Corporation, took a similar tough stance on Russia, arguing that Washington has other interests with Moscow beyond maintaining good bilateral relations, such as deterring Russiaís continued use of weapons that are illegal under the CWC.

Carrot-and-stick diplomacy is not unusual, he said. "U.S. and Western strategy with Russia is to cooperate in areas of mutual advantage, but also to deter and raise the cost to it of malign activities."

by Xinhua writers Zhu Dongyang, Matthew Rusling

 

LINK: http://ansarpress.com/english/10182


TAGS:






*
*

*



SEE ALSO

HAJJ AT-TAMATTU


WHY SHOULD YOU EAT HALAL EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A MUSLIM?


HAJJ-DAY-BY-DAY


SHIA AND IMAMATE


Arab NATO: Goals, Challenges


Why US Pin Airstrike against Iraqi Popular Forces on Israeli Regime?


Suratul Qadr, (The Night of) Ordainment or Power


he Night of Predestination (Laylatul Qadr)


Three Reasons Driving Saudi Hudaydah Offensive despite UN Warning


Seeking Fresh Spheres of Influence, US Eyes Boosting Uzbekistan Ties





VIEWED
MOST DISCUSSED







POLL

Modi, Merkel Discuss Afghanistan, Radicalisation And Terrorism

SEE RESULT


LAST NEWS

No War No Talks with US: Iran Leader

HAJJ AT-TAMATTU

WHY SHOULD YOU EAT HALAL EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A MUSLIM?

HAJJ-DAY-BY-DAY

SHIA AND IMAMATE

US, Pakistan Welcome Ceasefire Announcement

Taliban militants kidnap 170 passengers from Kunduz-Takhar highway

Merkel implicitly rejects Putinís call to help Syria reconstruction

íSocial, econ. woes behind US, Britain low life expectancyí

18th Asian Games in Pictures

US cuts Syria ístabilizationí fund, vows to continue anti-Damascus bid

La Liga: Barcelona 3-0 Alaves/ video

Taliban Preparing To Attack Kabul: Massoud

Afghanistan Celebrates Independence Day

Chinese president to pay formal visit to N Korea in Sept.: Report

Syria slams ídespicableí Saudi support for US ploys in war-torn state

US government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger: Reuters

Bomb that killed Yemeni kids supplied by US: CNN

Taliban Chief invites US to talks to ĎReach Understandingí to end the ongoing war

Return of the dead bodies of Pakistanis from Ghazni incorrect, claims Gen. Bajwa

Imran Khan Sworn In As 22nd Premier Of Pakistan

Kabul Husband Throws Acid In His Fiancťeís Face

Ghazni Is Not Safe For Aid Workers To Enter: UN

News Analysis: Experts foresee further deterioration of ties as U.S. slaps sanctions on Russia over spy poisoning

Canadian PM refuses to withdraw criticism of Saudi human rights record

Key labour figure defends calling out Israelís ígenocideí in Gaza

Russia: New US sanctions not based on evidence

Saudi jets attacks bus carrying children, leave 43 civilians dead

President Ghani orders strict follow up on cases of religious scholars

Consensus reached on peace with Taliban, elections: Junbish Party

Pakistan to add 60,000 more troops along the Durand Line with Afghanistan

Afghanistan assumes full control of its airspace after almost 26 years

ISIS-K fighters to be treated as war prisoners, not honored guests: Gen. Votel

Arab NATO: Goals, Challenges

Three Foreigners Killed After Being Kidnapped In Kabul

EU Says ĎWe Stand United With Afghanistaní After Attacks

Former NDS Chief Launches New Political Movement

Saudi Arabia arrests 2 womenís rights activists: HRW

AGO Calls SIGAR Report As ĎContradictoryí

Tajikistan blames Daesh-claimed attack on opposition


MEDICAL NEWS








ANSAR PRESS ©  |  ABOUT US  |  CONTACT US  |  MOBILE VERSION  |  LINKS  |  DESIGN: Negah Network Co.
All right reserved. Use this website by mentioning the source (link) is allowed. ›—ś‘ź«Ś «یš —š ی šŕŠ»šŌ«š