US says Russia sanctions to target security-related goods Aug 10, 2018 0 234 12345 REUTERSLONDONUS sanctions on Russia will target exports of national security-related goods including sectors such as specialised oil and gas technology and some electronics and sensors, a senior US State Department official said on Thursday.The US State Department said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions by the month's end after determining that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Britain, something Moscow denies."In practice this will mean we are imposing a 'presumption of denial' upon export licences for US-origin national security-sensitive goods and technology to any Russian state-owned or state-funded enterprise," the official said in a conference call with reporters."The categories covered by this could include things such as electronic, computers, sensors and lasers, telecommunications, specialised oil and gas production equipment and information and security technologies, just to name a few."The Russian rouble and shares in Russia's biggest airline Aeroflot fell to two-year lows on Thursday, extending losses after the sanctions announcement.Asked whether sanctions would apply directly to Aeroflot and whether they could restrict flights by the company, the official said:"To the degree that Aeroflot is a Russian state-owned or state-funded company, and to the degree that anyone applies for an export licence to supply goods that are controlled under that system to Aeroflot, then I suppose these would fall under the presumption of denial." POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020 Aug 10, 2018 0 522 Firefighters make progress in quelling California wildfire Aug 10, 2018 0 239 Assange considers offer to appear before US Senate committee Aug 10, 2018 0 270 Conservative party to probe Johnson for burqa remarks, mulls action REUTERS LONDON FORMER British foreign minister Boris Johnson will be investigated for a possible breach of the Conservative Party's code of conduct after making comments about Muslim women who wear burqas, a party .. Respite as Portugal blaze dies down Monchique Wildfires which have blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve for a week died down on Thursday, but fears remained that winds could reignite the flames."It's calmer and we do not have .. Colombia blames kidnap of soldiers on ELN guerrillas Bogota Three off-duty soldiers were kidnapped by suspected ELN guerrillas on Colombia's northeastern border with Venezuela, authorities said on Thursday. The news comes a week after Marxist ELN rebels offered to .. Greek PM vows to revamp national disaster unit Athens Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday vowed to create a new national disaster unit as the death toll from last month's deadliest-ever wildfires rose to 93."What's important today is .. Nine dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey Istanbul At least nine migrants including seven children died early Thursday after their boat sank off the western coast of Turkey, local media reported. Four people were rescued by the Turkish coast guard after the boat .. Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain after Italy refusal Algeciras, Spain Close to two months after giving a high-profile welcome to the stranded Aquarius migrant rescue boat, Spain once again opened its ports Thursday to a charity vessel carrying 87 men and boys saved off .. US appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide washington A divided federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide that critics say can harm children and farmers. The 2-1 decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of .. Judge backs off comments to prosecutors in Manafort's trial REUTERS WASHINGTON THE judge in the trial of US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort expressed contrition on Thursday to jurors for harsh commentary directed at prosecutors. "I may have ..