Russia says that the US limits on its banks would be an act of economic war

Dmitry Medvedev warned the United States that any attempt to sanction Russian banks or restrict their use of foreign exchange would be an act of

Russia has warned the United States that any sanction against its banking system or its transactions in foreign currency would be considered "an act of economic warfare".

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that Russia would be prepared to retaliate against that threat. & # 39; economic, political or by other means & # 39; & # 39 ;.

It comes after Republican senators and Democrats introduced a bill last week proposing restrictions on several Russian-owned banks operating in the United States and restrictions on their use of the dollar.

Dmitry Medvedev warned the United States that any attempt to punish Russian banks or restrict their use of foreign currency would be an act of "economic war" and force Russia to respond

Medvedev said: "I would not like to comment on future sanctions talks, but I can say one thing: if it follows a ban on the operations of the banks or on the use of one or another currency, it would be possible to call it a clear declaration of economic warfare," said Medvedev.

& # 39; And it would be necessary, it would be necessary to react to this economic, political war or, if necessary, by other means. And our American friends must understand this, "he said, on a trip to the Russian Far East.

The fate of the bill to which he referred is not secure.

The full Congress of the USA UU He will not return to Washington until September, and even then, Congress attendees said they did not expect the bill to pass in its entirety.

It also occurs after the Trump administration announced new sanctions against Russia after determining that it was responsible for the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal with Novichok in England earlier this year.

The State Department announced the sanctions on Wednesday, but did not specify what or who would be targeted, and more details will be given later this month.

That news pushed the ruble to two-year lows and sparked a broader sell-off in fears that Russia was locked in a spiral of endless financial sanctions.

Moscow also threatened reprisals for these curbs, suggesting that NASA could be a target since it uses Russian engines.

It occurs when the Trump administration announced moves to create a Space Force.

It comes after Russian Deputy Konstantin Kosachev accused the United States of behaving like a "police state" after the State Department announced new sanctions to take effect next week.

The sanctions of the State Department are in response to the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England, earlier this year.

Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Thursday that "the restrictions are absolutely illegal and do not conform to international law."

Peskov also reaffirmed the strong denial of Moscow's participation in the poisoning, saying that "it can not be said that Russia has any relationship with the use of chemical weapons."

He added that Britain has not presented any evidence to support the claim and closed Russia's proposal for a joint investigation.

The main legislator Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, accused the United States of behaving like a "police state, threatening and torturing a suspect to obtain evidence."

Kosachev argued that the new sanctions amount to "inflicting a punishment in the absence of a crime in the tradition of the lynching law".

Leonid Slutsky, the head of the foreign affairs committee of the lower house, denounced the sanctions as a manifestation of "rampant Russophobia" and a mockery of international law, saying that Russia can respond with counterclaims.

Slutsky suggested that Russia could restrict exports of RD-180 rocket engines to the United States if Washington imposes new sanctions, the RIA news agency reported.

The engines are currently used by NASA for the first stage of the launch vehicle of the Atlas V swingarm.

The new US sanctions, which will take effect around August 22, will include the alleged denial of export licenses for Russia to buy many items with national security implications, according to a senior State Department official.

I know. UU They made a similar determination in February when they discovered that North Korea used a chemical weapon to kill the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2017.

Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the military-grade nerve agent Novichok in the English city of Salisbury in March. Both finally recovered. Britain has accused Russia of being behind the attack, which the Kremlin denies vehemently.

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