New US sanctions not based on evidence

Russia says a round of new sanctions imposed on Moscow by the United States over the alleged poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK are not based on evidence and are “draconian.”

“We grew accustomed to not hearing any facts or evidence,” said a statement by the Russian Embassy in the US on Thursday, a day after the US imposed a raft of sanctions on Moscow.

Back on March 4, British authorities said that former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, had been hospitalized after they were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center in the city of Salisbury.

Days later, they announced that both victims had been exposed to Novichok, a highly lethal chemical weapon purportedly developed under a secret Soviet program, accusing Moscow of carrying out the attack yet declining the Kremlin’s request for a sample of the chemical agent.

The Kremlin has vehemently and repeatedly rejected any…

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