USA to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent attack

Lester Mason
August 8, 2018

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation in retaliation for the poisoning of an ex-spy in England.

Pushed to take action by the Republican lawmaker who chairs the House's Foreign Affairs Committee, the Trump administration moved on Wednesday to take delayed action.

The sanctions would be structured in two tranches, with the biggest impact from the initial sanctions expected to come from a ban on granting licenses to export sensitive national security goods to Russia, NBC reported, quoting a senior State Department official.

The State Department said the United States determined on Monday that the Kremlin "has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals", citing a 1991 law called the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act.

While Skripal and his daughter survived the attack attributed to the Russian nerve agent Novichok, a British woman died and her companion became gravely ill after coming in contact with the substance just miles from the site of the March attack.

A blazing diplomatic row ensued between London and Moscow in the following weeks and months after the Scotland Yard-led investigation attributed blame to Russian Federation.

President Trump met with Putin at a summit in July.

A couple from Salisbury, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, came into contact with the same deadly batch of nerve agent nearly three months later on June 30.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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