US hits Russia with sanctions over UK nerve agent attack

09 August, 2018, 09:14 | Author: Carlos George
  • US imposes new sanctions on Russia over nerve agent poisoning

"The government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious at the beginning of March.

'Following a 15-day Congressional notification period, these sanctions will take effect upon publication of a notice in the Federal Register, expected on or around August 22, 2018'.

In late March, Trump ordered 60 more Russian diplomats expelled from the United States as part of a global response to the attack - a response that included similar expulsions of diplomats from other nations checking Russia.

The US is imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.

Washington had already expelled dozens of Russian diplomats from the USA over the poisoning.

There would, however, be exemptions for space flight activities, government space cooperation, and areas covering commercial passenger aviation safety, which would be reviewed on a case by case basis, the official added.

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One of them, Charlie Rowley, said that he believed the poison came from a bottle of what he thought to be perfume that he found on the ground and gave to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess.

London and its allies have accused Moscow of trying to kill the Skripals and says the two cases are likely linked.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, accused Britain of making baseless accusations over the poisonings and suggested the case could be driven by domestic issues in the United Kingdom.

The US blamed the attack on Vladimir Putin and said they would be issuing fresh sanctions in response to the deadly attack.

The second round of sanctions could cut far deeper, including blocking all American bank loans to Russian entities, an outright ban on USA exports to Russia, and suspension of diplomatic relations.

The White House did not immediately send out a statement on the sanctions.

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