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U.S. sanctions against Russia for the poisoning of former spy
The White house has already kicked 60 Russian diplomats from the United States in response to the attack in the UK, but the determination that Russia is violating the law to solve new sanctions; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.
The United States says it will impose new sanctions against Russia will kill you for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to, a former spy and his daughter in the UK at the beginning of this year.
The new sanctions, to be imposed later this month, in spite of President Donald Trump, the efforts to improve relations with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, and his sharp criticism of the investigation in the Russian interference in the election of 2016.
In response to the announcement, the Russian Embassy in the USA, in a statement, referring to “far-fetched accusations” and say that the Russian officials had yet to hear any facts and evidence, and the United States had refused to answer questions.
The State Department said on Wednesday the United States made the determination this week that Russia, the Novichok nerve agents was poison, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Julia, and that sanctions would follow. He said that the Congress is informed of, Aug. 6 provision, and that the sanctions would enter into force or to Aug. 22, if you find this, published in the Federal Register.
These sanctions, the alleged denial of export include licenses for Russia to purchase many items with national security implications, according to a senior official at the State Department, briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to do so by name.
The United States has a similar provision in February, when it was determined that the North used in Korea, a chemical weapon to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the year 2017.
Skripal and his daughter may have been poisoned by the Novichok military-grade nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March. The United Kingdom has accused Russia to be behind the attack, which the Kremlin strongly denies.
Months later, two residents of a nearby town with no relations to Russia were poisoned by deadly poison. The police believe that the couple accidentally found a bottle with Novichok. One of them died.
The United States had the United Kingdom in the condemnation of Russia for the Skripal poisoning, and joined with European Nations in the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response, but it still had the formal finding that the Russian government had “used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.”
In his opinion, the Russian Embassy said it had been informed on Wednesday of the “draconian sanctions against Russia.
“We were accustomed not to hear, not facts and evidence. The American side is refusing to answer our follow-up questions, that is classified information. However, we were told that the U.S. said enough intel to conclude that Russia is to blame,” the message.
Based on the communication with the State Department about the Problem, the message added: “We confirmed that we still stand strong for an open and transparent investigation of the crimes in Salisbury and bring the perpetrators to justice. We have proposed the publication of our correspondence on this topic. No answer followed, so far.”
Several members of Congress had expressed concern that the Trump government to drag its feet on the investigation and had failed to set a deadline for the publication of their findings.
The legislator praised on Wednesday the announcement.
“The administration is right to maintain trade, international bans on the use of chemical weapons,” said Ed Royce, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce had previously attack, Trump accused the ignore of the Russian nerve agent.
“The mandatory sanctions, the consequences of this determination are the key to a rising pressure on Russia. Vladimir Putin needs to know that we tolerate its deadly actions, or of his continued attacks on our democratic process,” Royce, said on Wednesday.
Although criticised to be also sharp, a friendship with Putin, Trump claimed that he was hard on Moscow. His government, a number of Russian officials and oligarchs who manipulate for human rights violations and the choice was sanctioned.
In March, Trump management, 60 Russian diplomats — all of which, the said to leave were spies — the United States and closed to Russia Consulate in Seattle, in response to the Skripal case. The USA, said at the time it was the largest expulsion of Russian spies in American history.
The State Department announced a series of possible exemptions from the sanctions Wednesday announced. The exception permits have been issued for the development aid and space-related activities, while the commercial passenger air travel, and other commercial items for civilian use will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis, according to the official, informed reporters.