Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on Washington’s decision to use a second wave of sanctions over the Skripal saga against Moscow. The Kremlin has no position on this score, he said, due to the absence of any specific information. However, the Kremlin spokesman noted that he sees that there is a tendency in Washington for solving international issues by employing sanctions, TASS reported.
“Nothing to say yet, since we did not see anything specific on this account,” Peskov said. “Overall, Washington’s propensity for some restrictive measures in international affairs is obvious from a mile away.” He added that the Kremlin does not know yet what this specific case is about
Bloomberg reported earlier, citing an American official, that Washington’s new sanctions against Russia in light of the incident in the British town of Salisbury include measures against the banking sector. According to the news agency, the draft sanctions were coordinated in the US Department of State and the US Department of Justice. The new package of restrictions is to be further approved by the White House
On March 4, 2018, former Russian intelligence officer and convicted British spy Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia were allegedly poisoned with a nerve agent, according to British investigators. Later, London stated that this agent was designed in Russia and blamed Moscow for being behind the incident based on this assumption. The Russian side refuted all accusations, saying that neither the Soviet Union, nor Russia had any programs for developing this agent.