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U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to the media during a joint press conference after their private meeting on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Russian embassy has released a statement on the White House's retaliatory sanctions for what intelligence communities believe was Russia's use of chemical weapons against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this year.

Skripal, who acted as a double agent for UK intelligence agencies in the 1990's, was found slumped on a bench with his daughter, Yulia Skripal, in Salisbury, England this past March. The two were in critical condition after being attacked with the nerve agent novichok, which was developed in Russia between the 1970's and 1990's. The sanctions will limit exports of goods and technology to the country, while broader sanctions could come in about three months.

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