US hits Russia with sanctions over 'Novichok' nerve agent attack in Britain

Trump to Impose Sanctions on Russia Nerve Agent Attack on Ex-Spy

Trump to Impose Sanctions on Russia Nerve Agent Attack on Ex-Spy

Mr Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the nerve agent was applied to his home's front door.

The new sanctions, to be imposed later this month, come despite President Donald Trump's efforts to improve relations with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, and his harsh criticism of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

A State Department official said the sanctions could have a significant impact on trade with Russian Federation.

There would, however, be exemptions for space flight activities, government space cooperation, and areas covering commercial passenger aviation safety, which would be reviewed on a case by case basis, the official added.

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.

Acting in tandem with governments in Europe, the United States expelled 60 Russian diplomats it said were spies several weeks later.

Echarri, "impactado" por los cuadernos de las coimas — Sorpresa
No hay que anularla como herramienta, porque esa es una vieja estrategia de la derecha . Después terminan ganando ellos y hacen lo que quieren”, argumentó el actor.

The new announcement could bolster Mr Trump's claim that his administration is taking a tough stance on Moscow, even as he denounces special counsel's Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe as a "witch hunt" that ought to be halted immediately.

Two more people, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, later came into contact with the lethal substance and were hospitalised. But unless Russia agrees within 90 days to stop all use of chemical weapons and permit inspections to confirm their elimination, additionally mandated measures could cut off nearly all trade between the two countries, prohibit landing rights for Russian airlines, and lead to a suspension of diplomatic relations.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, accused Britain of making baseless accusations over the poisonings and suggested the case could be driven by domestic issues in the United Kingdom.

Russian officials question why Russia would want to attack an ageing turncoat who was pardoned and swapped in a Kremlin-approved 2010 spy swap.

The White House said Trump provided "a letter of introduction" at Paul's request, and that the president "mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin".

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