USA imposes new sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent poisoning

USA imposes new sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent poisoning

USA imposes new sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent poisoning

The State Department said in a statement that under the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, Russia was found to have "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law or had used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals".

The surprise measures were announced by the State Department, which said that the Kremlin "has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals".

The United States said on Wednesday said it was imposing a new round of sanctions on the Kremlin as a result.

The Skripals spent several weeks in hospital after falling seriously ill.

Poisoned: Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of being behind the attack, which the Kremlin has vehemently denied.


"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".

Mr Putin, himself a former KGB spy, said earlier this month Mr Skripal would have been dead if he was attacked with a weapons-grade agent.

Police think the novichok was sprayed or smeared on their front doorknob with a perfume bottle.

Reports earlier this week that the United Kingdom was preparing to request the extradition of two Russians it suspected of being behind the attack were found to be less advanced than initially suggested, Sky sources said.

President Trump remains at his Bedminster golf club and had no public events on Wednesday.

On June 30, a British couple were poisoned by Novichok in a nearby town - 44-year-old mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess subsequently died while her boyfriend Charlie Rowley recovered.

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