Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

USA to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over Skripal attack

USA to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over Skripal attack

Russian Federation used "chemical or biological weapons" to try to assassinate a former British spy, the US said on Wednesday, adding that new sanctions would be imposed on the country for the attack.

Police officers guard a cordon around a police tent covering a supermarket auto park pay machine near the spot where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found critically ill following exposure to the Russian-developed nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury, England (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File).

The sanctions will take effect on or around August 22 - and come at a time when President Trump has been trying to improve relations between the USA and Russian Federation.

The US is to impose sanctions on Russia after determining that it used nerve agent against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the United Kingdom in March.

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

"It is an assault on United Kingdom sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of global law".

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

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.

Two more people, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, later came into contact with the lethal substance and were hospitalised.

But the Russian finance ministry, quoted by Ria-Novosti news agency, sought to allay fears, saying the measures might not take effect, though it acknowledged that markets were "once again under pressure".

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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