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United States to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over attack on Skripals

09 August 2018, 03:54 | Glen Norman

US to impose new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in UK

US imposes new sanctions on Russia over nerve agent poisoning

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, England, on March 4, having been poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Following a 15-day congressional notification period, the sanctions will take effect on or around August 22, according to a statement from the State Department.

Prime Minister said Russian Federation was "highly likely" behind the attack on May 3, basing her accusation on intelligence and analysis of the poison - a nerve agent developed under the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 70s.

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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.

The State Department said the sanctions were in response to "the use of a "Novichok" nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate United Kingdom citizen Sergei Skripal" - who was a double agent - and his daughter Yulia in March.

They were seriously ill but later made a full recovery after spending several weeks in hospital. Police believe the couple accidentally found a bottle containing Novichok.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously denied allegations that Russia was behind the poisonings, saying in March that it was "unthinkable that we would do such a thing".

The attack led, three months later, to the subsequent death of Dawn Sturgess, and the contamination of her partner, Charlie Rowley.

In late March, Trump ordered 60 more Russian diplomats expelled from the United States as part of a global response to the attack - a response that included similar expulsions of diplomats from other nations checking Russia.

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Ms Sturgess died, having sprayed the substance over herself, but Mr Rowley survived.



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