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Accusation of Putin role in poisoning is shocking

Accusation of Putin role in poisoning is shocking

Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves the U.S. Capitol Building after meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov suggested the Trump administration had timed the action to taint this weekend's presidential election in Russian Federation, in which President Vladimir Putin is expected to win an overwhelming victory.

In announcing the measures, the administration also disclosed a Russian attempt to penetrate the United States energy grid, and said the new sanctions would punish actors for their participation in other major cyberattacks.

"We are expected to take everything on trust, and that is inadmissible", RIA quoted him as saying. Putin has spoken of the need to revive economic growth but the steps that many economists prescribe - especially shrinking the state's role in the economy - are resisted by those in the president's circle who owe their status and wealth to the state.

Yet the President maintains that the whole episode is nothing but a "witch hunt" and leaped on disputed conclusions by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee this week that there was no collusion.

Trump - who's often faulted by American lawmakers over his reluctance to criticize Putin even when other in his administration do - joined in the condemnation Thursday.

Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine drew global condemnation and sanctions, but many Russians saw it as restoring Moscow's rule over a region they regard as being part of Russia. He wished the Skripals a speedy recovery and said he hopes they can shed light on what happened when they are well. "By no means will this be the end of our ongoing campaign to instruct Mr. Putin to change his behavior". Kremlin officials acknowledge that Putin's dominance could turn people off voting.

Alexander Gabuev, a Russian foreign policy analyst with the Carnegie Moscow Center, said the delay is likely related to Sunday's presidential election. "They're going to have to decide whether they want to be a good actor or a bad actor". But establishing whether there are Trump relationships with Russian businesses could help provide clarity on whether he was compromised by Russia in any way before he ran for office.

Ms Haley, however, has become well known since her arrival at the United Nations as someone who competes in floridness of language with the man who appointed her to the post, Donald Trump.

The agency "tampered with, altered or caused a misappropriation of information with the goal or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes and institutions", specifically the 2016 US presidential race.

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At home, the British government has been under pressure from lawmakers and media to show it was getting tough on Russian Federation, with some experts saying that despite the rhetoric the response did not go far enough to bother Putin. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer asked.

Predictably, the Russian government denies the electoral rigging allegations, which have dogged it for years - most notably in 2011, when people took to the streets to protest the "flawed" results in that year's legislative elections. Mnuchin did not give a time frame for those sanctions, which he said would sever the individuals' access to the US financial system.

'Who to vote for, how to exercise your right to free choice, that is the decision of each person, ' the 65-year-old said in a video released late Thursday and carried in news bulletins Friday morning.

The administration also accused Moscow of attempting to hack the USA energy grid, a previously undisclosed claim that officials said was orchestrated by Russian intelligence.

The U.S. government has helped energy businesses kick out the Russians from all systems now known to have been penetrated, according to the officials.

The White House also issued a joint statement with Britain, France and Germany denouncing Russia as the likely perpetrator of a nerve gas attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

Trump told reporters on Thursday that "it certainly looks like" Russian Federation was behind the attack. The sanction targets include officials working for the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.

The department's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team says the operation targeted smaller American commercial facilities.

The officials said the Russian hackers chose their targets, obtained access to computer systems, conducted "network reconnaissance" of systems that control key elements of the USA economy and then attempted to cover their tracks by deleting evidence of their infiltration. "It's often described as a cool war that we are entering - I would say it is feeling exceptionally chilly at the moment".

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