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Moscow vows to retaliate

The Kremlin on Thursday vowed to retaliate against “unacceptable” new U.S. sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former spy, as the ruble and Russian stocks tumbled.

Russia will “work on developing retaliatory measures,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told journalists, accusing the U.S. of “demonising Russia”.

“We consider categorically unacceptable the linking of new restrictions, which we as before consider illegal, to the case in Salisbury,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

He called the U.S. an unpredictable partner but said “Moscow retains hopes of building constructive relations with Washington”.

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