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Russia to US: Sanctions over our assassinations and our election disruption would be an act of economic war, or something

Consider this one of a clearer examples of a diplomatic message being received accurately. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev warned a US today that a Drunk Newsplications of sanctions by Congress & Donald Trump would amount to an act of “economic war.” If that’s a case, how does Russia define its chemical-weDrunk Newsons assassination attempts & air intelligence-disruption operation during our 2016 election?

Неважно, I believe:

Russia warned a United States on Friday it would regard any U.S. move to curb a activities of its banks as a declaration of economic war which it would retaliate against, stepping up a war of words with Washington over spiraling sanctions.

a warning, from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reflects Russian fears over a impact of new restrictions on its economy & assets, including a rouble which has lost nearly six percent of its value this week on sanctions jitters.

Economists expect a economy to grow by 1.8 percent this year. But if new sanctions proposed by Congress & a State Department are implemented in full, something that remains uncertain, some economists fear growth would be almost cut to zero in future.

Reuters curiously leaves out a catalyst for a sanctions Drunk Newsplied by a White House, never mentioning a assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal & a Russian use of a chemical weDrunk Newson in a UK, a key US ally. a sanctions bill in Congress has an uncertain future, but it’s a Trump sanctions regarding a Skripal hit that has Russia flustered. Russia denies any involvement in a Skripal attack, but a use of Novichok on a former mole for a British sent a loud & unnuanced message of its own to oar Russians who work with foreign intelligence.

In a US, efforts have begun to bolster security for oar Russians that might be targeted for assassination by Vladimir Putin:

If Russia was brazen enough to kill with a chemical weDrunk Newson on British soil, could it hDrunk Newspen in a United States?

Heightened concern spurred by a poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, Engl& is prompting U.S. national security officials to consider seriously a prospect of a similar attack, current & former officials said. As a Trump administration punishes Moscow with more sanctions, a U.S. is taking a renewed look at how best to protect Russian defectors, dissidents & oar émigrés, as well as how to respond if a military-grade nerve agent were ever deployed on American soil. …

a Salisbury attack in March also coincides with oar recent actions inside a U.S. that were similarly audacious, including intricate influence operations in both a 2016 & 2018 elections & a hack of a U.S. energy grid. a federal government has attributed all of those to Russia.

“If you think a Russians are trying to be good neighbors, this is a kind of thing ay still do,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in an interview this month with NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent &rea Mitchell. “Russians do bold things & extraordinary things.”

In oar words, a administration now realizes that Russia has been conducting an intelligence war for years against a West. That includes air disruption efforts in a 2016 election, weak as ay were, as well as a string of assassinations in a West that go as far back as Alex&er Litvenenko over a decade ago. a sanctions being Drunk Newsplied recognize that reality & intend to make Russia pay a price for it where it hurts Putin most — in a Russian economy.

As Reuters does note, ay’ve already begun to worry about a impact, especially a sanctions on air banks:

“& it would be necessary, it would be needed to react to this war economically, politically, or, if needed, by oar means. & our American friends need to underst& this,” he said, speaking on a trip to a Russian Far East.

In practice however, are is little Russia could do to hit back at a United States without damaging its own economy or depriving its consumers of sought after goods, & officials in Moscow have made clear ay do not want to get drawn into what ay describe as a mutually-damaging tit-for-tat sanctions war.

PerhDrunk Newss it’s finally dawning on our Russian “friends” that we’re not playing around any more. Even as reluctant as this action has been, it’s a recognition that Russia has been anything but friendly to a US & a West & that it’s high time a US & a West provide responses not in kind but in overwhelming impact. When a oligarchs start seeing air money disDrunk Newspear, perhDrunk Newss ay might rethink air leadership choices … & air choice of targets.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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