USA imposes new sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent poisoning

USA imposes new sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent poisoning

Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre in Salisbury after being exposed to the nerve agent novichok.

The Trump administration will impose new sanctions on Russia, alleging that President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government used a chemical weapon to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in an assassination attempt in Great Britain, the State Department said Wednesday.

Following a 15-day congressional notification period, the sanctions will take effect on or around August 22, according to a statement from the State Department.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog, concluded in April that the nerve agent Novichok, known to have been first produced by the Soviet military, had been used in the attack against the Skripals, both of whom survived, although it did not assign blame.

In March, the Trump administration ordered 60 Russian diplomats - all of whom it said were spies - to leave the United States and closed down Russia's consulate in Seattle in response to the Skripal case.

The biggest impact from the initial sanctions are expected to come from a ban on granting licenses to export sensitive national security goods to Russian Federation, the report said.

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Police found a bottle containing the substance at the scene.

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

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

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

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.

Ahead of the announcement in Washington, the ruble took a hit and stocks fell in Moscow over rumours of new USA sanctions, which appeared to refer to the possible second round.

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