Russia rejects US accusations on chemical weapons

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has rejected the U.S. claim that it has flouted an international ban on chemical weapons.

The Russian Industry and Trade Ministry that oversaw the dismantling of Soviet-era chemical arsenals denounced what it called "blackmail and unlawful pressure" by Washington. It emphasized Friday that Russia completed the destruction of its chemical stockpiles last year.

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Russia displays latest weapons at International Military Technical Forum
A visitor passes a model of a guided robot-style system presented by the Concern Kalashnikov during the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, second right, and the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on the Issues of Environmental Activities, Environment and Transport Sergei Ivanov, left, walk during the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian heavy flamethrower system TOS-1 fires during the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A participant holds a rifle during the annual international military-technical forum "ARMY" at Patriot Expocentre in Moscow Region, Russia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
A man, left, wears a working sample of a passive exoskeleton combat gear, next to a mannequin dressed in a prototype of an active exoskeleton combat gear presented by the Russian Rostec company during the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
New "Izh Pulsar" electric motorcycles are on display presented by the Concern Kalashnikov during the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Foreign military visitors observe the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (C) attends the annual international military-technical forum "ARMY" at Patriot Expocentre in Moscow Region, Russia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
An AK-308 rifle is on display during the annual international military-technical forum "ARMY" at Patriot Expocentre in Moscow Region, Russia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov attends the annual international military-technical forum "ARMY" at Patriot Expocentre in Moscow Region, Russia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Participants attend the annual international military-technical forum "ARMY" at Patriot Expocentre in Moscow Region, Russia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks during the opening ceremony of the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov (2nd L, front) speaks with top military officers during the annual international military-technical forum "ARMY" at Patriot Expocentre in Moscow Region, Russia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (2nd R, front) and Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov (R, front) attend the annual international military-technical forum "ARMY" at Patriot Expocentre in Moscow Region, Russia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - AUGUST 21, 2018: A ZSU-23-4 Shilka self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system during a dynamic exposition at the Army 2018 International Military and Technical Forum, in Patriot Park. Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Tereshchenko\TASS via Getty Images)
A foreign military visitor holds an AK-202 assault rifle presented by the Concern Kalashnikov during the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Foreign military visitors observe the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Russia has displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks during the opening ceremony of the International Military Technical Forum Army-2018 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Sergei Shoigu emphasized that most new weapons at the show have proven their worth during the Syrian campaign. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that Russia has failed to meet a 90-day deadline to comply with a U.S. law on preventing the use of chemical weapons, adding that it will now consult Congress on new sanctions against Moscow.

Washington and its allies have accused the Russian government of involvement in a March nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury. Russia has strongly rejected the accusations.

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