>> Russia giving the US a stark warning Friday, declaring it would treat any measures against its banks as an act of economic war. That's what Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had to say about fresh sanctions the US imposed on Moscow over an apparent assassination attempt on British soil.
The prime minister adding that it would be necessary to quote, react to this war economically, politically, or if needed, by other means. The warning reflects Russian fears over the economic impact it's already felt since the measures were announced on Wednesday, driving down the Russian ruble to its lowest levels since June of 2016.
The US State Department's move to impose sanctions is in response to Washington's conclusion that Russia poisoned a former spy and his daughter in Britain. Russia has denied any involvement.>> They bring odious accusations against Russia without any basis of proof. The Russian side will start to work on retaliatory measures to unfriendly moves made by Washington.
Expected to take effect at the end of the month, the sanctions include a broad ban on technology exports to Russia. And the next US measures may go much further with Congress considering whether to cut off nearly all trade between the countries, and ban Russia's national airline from US airports.