Moscow fumes at new U.S. sanctions over spy attack

Aug 09, 2018, 7:32 AM EDT
Russian officials called the new round of sanctions a “theatre of the absurd.”
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The U.S. slapped a new round of sanctions on Russia over its involvement in a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy in Britain’s Salisbury, prompting a sharp reaction from Moscow, which called the move a “theatre of the absurd” and vowed to retaliate with countermeasures.

The State Department warned of stricter sanctions against Russia, including severing diplomatic ties and revoking Aeroflot landing rights, if Moscow fails to take “remedial” action within 90 days, writes The Guardian.

Amid the row over sanctions, the Russian rouble nosedived to hit its lowest value since November 2016, with shares of major Russian firms also taking a blow, notes the BBC.