The sanctions against Russia opens up another ‘warpath’ by President Donald Trump against foreign nations.
The US said the sanctions were in response to what it called “malign activity” by the Russians around the world.
In the latest incident, former Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a toxic nerve agent called Novichok.
Skripal is no longer in a critical condition after being poisoned by a nerve agent, doctors have said according to reports.
The move by the White House is an attempt by Trump to show that he is taking tough action to stand up to Moscow.
However, the Russians are fighting back.
“We will not let the current attack, or any new anti-Russian attack, go without a tough response,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a key target of the sanctions, called them “groundless, ridiculous and absurd.”