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State Department announces new sanctions against Russia
To punish Trump administration in Moscow for trying to poison a former Russian spy living in the United Kingdom; analysis by Heather Conley, a former State Department special assistant.
Russia used “chemical or biological weapons” to murder in order to try a former British spy, the United States said on Wednesday, adding that new sanctions would be imposed on the country for the attack.
“After using a “Novichok” nerve agents in an assassination attempt on a British citizen, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia Skripal, of the United States, on 6. August 2018, according to the chemical and Biological weapons control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW-Act), the government of the Russian Federation the used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or use lethal chemical or biological weapons has nationals against their own state,” the State Department said in a statement.
“After a 15-day congressional deadline, these penalties will be effective with the publication of a notice in the Federal Register, expected on or about August 22, 2018,” the Department.
The sanctions to be applied against all Russian state-owned companies, a senior official at the State Department, Fox News said, adding that around 70 percent of the Russian economy would be affected to affect hundreds of millions of dollars worth of trade.
Both the Russian government and the US-allies were officially on the decision, the imposition of sanctions, informs on Wednesday, the official said.
British Ambassador: Russia is responsible for the attack on ex-spy
Skripal and his daughter may have been poisoned by the military-grade nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March.
Britain accused Russia to be behind the attack, which the Kremlin has vehemently denied.
On March 15, Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a joint statement that they “abhorred” the attack against Skripal.
“It is an attack on British sovereignty, and such use by a Contracting state is a clear violation of the Convention on chemical weapons, and a violation of international law. It is the safety of all of us is threatened,” the statement read.
Skripal discharge from an English hospital in may, according to his daughter, April, release.
Since the March attack, been poisoned, two other British nationals, who have no links to Russia, through the fabric.
Fox News’ Ben Florance and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Matt Richardson is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @MRichardson713.