United States imposes sanctions on Russian Federation over Skripal poisonings in Salisbury
09 August 2018, 05:39 | Erica Roy
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Parts of the city of Salisbury were sealed off after the nerve agent attack
Russian Federation has strongly denied playing a role in the attack.
The 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act "requires the president to make a determination with respect to whether a country has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals, " the State Department said.
The US expelled a number of Russian diplomats as part of an global response to the attack, when the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were taken ill in March.
Vladimir Putin's government violated an global act banning the use of chemical and biological weapons with the assassination attempt, the State Department said.
She said sanctions would take effect on or around August 22.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off a new round of sanctions over the violation of global law.
Washington had already expelled dozens of Russian diplomats from the United States over the poisoning.
Sanctions waivers are in place for certain key sectors, including space flight activities and commercial aviation safety, the official said.
The Government has been consistent in pointing the finger of blame at Moscow for the poisoning using novichok - a military-grade nerve agent developed by the former Soviet Union.
Three months later a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, died after being poisoned by novichok in a...
While Trump has cast doubt on USA intelligence agencies' finding that Russia interfered in the election and sought to help him win, his administration has repeatedly expanded US sanctions on Russia as top officials have reaffirmed the findings on Russian election interference.
While criticized as too keen to strike up a friendship with Putin, Trump maintains that he's been tough on Moscow.
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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