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USA to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation for poisoning ex-spy

09 August 2018

The United States will impose sanctions on Russia for its use of a nerve agent in an attempt to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

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 sanctions are to take effect on or around 22 August, she added.

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In March, the US expelled 60 Russian diplomats as part of a joint response with allies to the nerve-agent attack.

The State Department said the United States determined on Monday 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", citing a 1991 law called the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act.

Relations between Russia and the West hit a new low, and the USA was among United Kingdom allies that expelled Russian diplomats.

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"The strong worldwide response to the use of a chemical weapon on the streets of Salisbury sends an unequivocal message to Russian Federation that its provocative, reckless behaviour will not go unchallenged".

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. Authorities determined that they had been attacked with a military-grade Russian nerve agent known as Novichok.

Two more people - Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley - were subsequently treated for exposure to novichok after Ms Sturgess reportedly picked up a discarded perfume bottle thought to have contained the agent.

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It said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which has been preparing papers, has completed the process and was ready to file.

USA to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation for poisoning ex-spy