USA hits Russian Federation with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

USA hits Russian Federation with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

The State Department said Wednesday that the U.S. will slap Russian Federation with sanctions for using a military-grade nerve agent in an attack on United Kingdom citizen and former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

A terse release from the State Department said that the United States had determined Russian responsibility for the attack in Salisbury, England - a British conclusion the administration had already accepted - under a 1991 USA law on biological and chemical weapons use that requires the president to impose sanctions.

The new sanctions, details of which were not released, were to take effect following a 15-day Congressional notification period, she said.

An official judgement on the Skripal affair has tonight been passed by the the US State Department, paving the way for new sanctions against Russian Federation. The measures are scheduled to go into effect on or around August 22, according to the State Department.

A US State Department official said the action is aimed at punishing Russian government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law".

Also in March, Washington ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, and the closure of Russia's consulate general in Seattle.

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Sanctions waivers are in place for certain key sectors, including space flight activities and commercial aviation safety, the official said.

Three months later a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, died after being poisoned by novichok in a...

Russia's embassy in London said they had not received any extradition requests over allegations any of its citizens were involved in the novichok poisonings.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously denied allegations that Russia was behind the poisonings, saying in March that it was "unthinkable that we would do such a thing".

The White House said Trump provided "a letter of introduction" at Paul's request, and that the president "mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin".

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