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

Elias Hubbard
August 9, 2018

The United States has said that it is imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation, as it accused the government in Moscow of using a "lethal" nerve agent in an attempted assassination in Britain.

The U.S., Britain, France, and Germany issued a statement earlier this year condemning the March 4 attack as a "breach of worldwide law" and a threat to global security.

Pushed to take action by the Republican lawmaker who chairs the House's Foreign Affairs Committee, the Trump administration moved on Wednesday to take delayed action.

The sanctions will take effect on or around August 22 - and come at a time when President Trump has been trying to improve relations between the USA and Russian Federation.

Former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious at the beginning of March.

Reports earlier this week that the United Kingdom was preparing to request the extradition of two Russians it suspected of being behind the attack were found to be less advanced than initially suggested, Sky sources said.

On March 15, President Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with May, said in a joint statement that they "abhorred" the attack against Skripal.

The US 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" - a former Russian double agent - and his daughter Yulia.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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