Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

USA to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation for poisoning ex-spy

USA to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation for poisoning ex-spy

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.

In a statement Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the USA had made this decision on Monday, and accused Russian Federation of violating worldwide law.

'Following a 15-day Congressional notification period, these sanctions will take effect upon publication of a notice in the Federal Register, expected on or around August 22, 2018'. The Skripals survived being targeted with a Russian-created novichok nerve agent.

In March, two weeks after the Skripal attack, President Trump signed a statement, together with the leaders of France, Germany, and Britain, blaming Russia for the assassination attempt on the former Russian military officer, who was convicted of spying for Britain.

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Police found a bottle containing the substance at the scene.

It would reportedly include more drastic measures, such as downgrading diplomatic relations, banning the Russian airline Aeroflot from flying to the United States and cutting off almost all exports and imports.

Sanctions waivers are in place for certain key sectors, including space flight activities and commercial aviation safety, the official said.

On June 30, a British couple were poisoned by Novichok in a nearby town - 44-year-old mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess subsequently died while her boyfriend Charlie Rowley recovered.

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While Trump has cast doubt on USA intelligence agencies' finding that Russia interfered in the election and sought to help him win, his administration has repeatedly expanded US sanctions on Russia as top officials have reaffirmed the findings on Russian election interference.

Later on, London claimed that the Novichok-class toxin had been developed in Russian Federation.

While criticized as too keen to strike up a friendship with Putin, Trump maintains that he's been tough on Moscow.

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