UPDATED 10:49 AM PT — Thurs. August 9, 2018
Russia continues to slam the U.S. over its announcement of new sanctions targeting the Kremlin, saying the move is intended to “demonize” Russia.
In a statement Thursday, a Russian official said the U.S. is making “unacceptable demands” of Moscow and urged the cancellation of the sanctions.
The spokesperson went on to say Russian American relations are at a record low point and the U.S. continues to deteriorate bilateral ties.
“Despite trying to find some ways to better the relationships as was discussed during the recent summit in Helsinki, the United States administration is now doing everything in their power in order to complicate the situation even further,” said Russian spokesperson Maria Zakharova.
The sanctions are expected to take effect later this month.
In the meantime, Moscow is threatening to halt exports of rocket engines in retaliation.
Russian lawmaker Sergei Ryabukhin made the remarks Thursday, saying Moscow could cut off supplies of the RD-180 rocket engines to the U.S.
This comes one day after Washington announced it would impose more sanctions on Russia over the U.K. nerve agent attack that targeted a former Russian double agent and his daughter.
Russia continues to deny any involvement in the attack, calling the impending sanctions “draconian.”