Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Donald Trump's administration hits Russian Federation with new sanctions over spy poisoning

Donald Trump's administration hits Russian Federation with new sanctions over spy poisoning

Heather Nauert, US State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement on Wednesday that it had been determined that Russian Federation "has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law".

The U.S. announced new sanctions on Russia Wednesday, saying it's made a final determination that Vladimir Putin's government was responsible for the March 4 nerve-agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom.

The sanctions would cover sensitive national-security controlled goods, a senior State Department official told reporters on a conference call, citing the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act.

She said sanctions would take effect on or around August 22.

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.

Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the Novichok military-grade nerve agent in the English town of Salisbury in March.

The United States, Royce noted, had imposed sanctions against North Korea in response to what it determined was a violation of the law following the assassination of Kim Jong Un's brother with the chemical warfare agent VX as he was passing through the worldwide airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2017.

Later on, London claimed that the Novichok-class toxin had been developed in Russian Federation.

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.

One of them, Charlie Rowley, said that he believed the poison came from a bottle of what he thought to be perfume that he found on the ground and gave to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess. The US still wants to maintain relations with Moscow, despite the new sanctions.

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