Russia has issued a statement condemning a new round of US sanctions imposed on them Wednesday. This latest set of US sanctions was meant to be related to allegations of a nerve gas attack is Salisbury, which Russia denied and for which no proof of their involvement exists.
Russian officials say that the US sanctions are illegal, and that retaliatory measures are being discussed and debated. The Kremlin added in a statement that the US move is at odds with the atmosphere of the recent Helsinki summit.
Russia has a right to be confused. Back in March, when Britain claimed the attack took place, the US expelled a number of Russian diplomats, which was supposed to be the measure for the attack. The US hasn’t talked about it much in months, and there is no sign it came up in Helsinki, just weeks ago.
This would’ve led Russia to the conclusion that the issue was no longer driving US policy, and the fact that it suddenly became a pretext for more sanctions, without any more evidence provided, makes it particularly unclear why the US chose now as the time for the sanctions, let alone Salisbury as an excuse.