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10 August 2018, 11:00 | Hattie Nash
Salisbury Spy Poisoning: US Says Russia Was Behind Nerve Agent Attack In UK, And Will Impose Sanctions
Under the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, the president must determine whether a country has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law or used "lethal biological weapons against its own nationals", the State Department said.
The former Russian double agent and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in the town of Salisbury, England, on March 4.
Russia's embassy in the United States called the new USA sanctions draconian and said the reason for the new restrictions - allegations it had poisoned the Skripals in Britain - was far-fetched.
She said sanctions would take effect on or around 22 August, after a 15-day Congressional notification period. -Russian relations. A 1991 law, however, mandates sanctions once the president makes a determination that a country is responsible for a chemical or biological weapons attack. But U.S. officials had not yet confirmed the use of banned nerve agents in the attack.
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The latest USA action follows the Treasury's imposition of sanctions in March against 19 Russian citizens and five entities for interfering in the 2016 United States election - the toughest steps against Moscow since Trump took office. What's more, we can not even say for sure what exactly and how it was used in Britain, since we don't have any information or any response to our proposal for a joint investigation with Britain into this incident, which concerns us greatly.
Donald Trump's administration explicitly blamed Russian Federation for carrying out the chemical attack on Sergei and Yulia in Salisbury, Wilts, in what was believed to be an assassination attempt.
The State Department's announcement fuelled already worsening investor sentiment about the possible impact of more sanctions on Russian assets and the rouble at one point slid by over one per cent against the dollar, hitting a two-year low, before recouping some of its losses. "Such a message might not go down well in Moscow", Prof Cullinane added.
Analysts in Moscow said it was highly unlikely that Putin would allow inspectors to enter the country to head off the additional sanctions, since doing so would look like succumbing to US pressure.
This comes one day after Washingtonannounced it would impose more sanctions on Russia over the United Kingdom nerve agent attack that targeted a former Russian double agent and his daughter.
A photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry shows U.S. President Donald Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and then Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak in the White House in May 2017.
"In practice this will mean we are imposing a "presumption of denial" upon export licences for USA -origin national security-sensitive goods and technology to any Russian state-owned or state-funded enterprise", the official said in a conference call with reporters.
Paul said the letter "emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges".
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