Washington — By imposing new sanctions on Russia and condemning a suspected Russian chemical attack in Britain, Washington has hinted at a tougher stance toward Moscow despite US President Donald Trump’s stated desire for better ties. The US treasury slapped sanctions on 19 Russian citizens and five entities for election meddling and cyber-attacks in the most significant steps the US has taken against Russia since Trump took office amid US intelligence agency allegations that Moscow tried to help him win the 2016 election. While the US treasury put off targeting oligarchs and officials close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, it said further sanctions were coming and for the first time blamed Moscow for cyber-attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the US power grid, including nuclear facilities. After initially equivocating about a chemical attack on a former Russian double agent in Salisbury, England, the White House joined a statement by the leaders of Britain,...

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