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The Kremlin denounces new Russia sanctions

(AP) – The Kremlin has denounced new U.S. sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy as a breach of international law.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Thursday that “the restrictions are absolutely unlawful and don’t conform to international law.”

The State Department said Wednesday the U.S. made the determination that Russia had used the Novichok nerve agent to poison former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, and that sanctions would follow later this month.

Peskov reaffirmed Moscow’s strong denial of involvement in the poisoning, saying that “there can’t be any talk about Russia having any relation to the use of chemical weapons.”

He added that Britain has failed to present any evidence to back the claim and stonewalled Russia’s proposal for a joint probe.

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