Trump Administration to Sanction Russia Over Chemical Weapons Attack on Sergei Skripal

Marco Green
August 10, 2018

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

Britain and many countries pointed the finger at Russian Federation.

Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) wrote to President Trump on July 26 that enforcement of the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 in Russia's UK Novichok attack "is critical to deterring additional attacks". It is believed the poison was in a perfume bottle discarded by the attackers.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, later died in hospital.

How did the U.S. respond? 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. "At times, the number of those who want to ditch the rouble is becoming so high, so there is not enough liquidity".

Last week, a group of Democrat and Republican senators introduced a bill that would impose some of the toughest sanctions ever placed on modern Russian Federation.

Russia's delegation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on August 9 accused the West of acting as prosecutor, judge, and executioner.

The sanctions are due to come into force around 22 August.

It's a benefit, they argue, of policies put in place amid a raft of Western sanctions imposed over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in the US 2016 presidential elections. These are sensitive goods that normally would go through a case-by-case review before they are exported.

The second round would be more punitive and could include the suspension of Aeroflot flights into the United States. Many exports and imports may also be cut off.

Weren't Trump and Putin pally recently?

Not quite pally but it appears they are trying to foster warmer relations.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin called the measures "unfriendly" and "unlawful".

Mr Trump was widely condemned over this.

Is there another motive behind the sanctions?

The US sanctions came 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. The Reuters news agency said they would restrict sensitive national security controlled goods to Russian Federation.

Paul said the letter "emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges".

"Needless to say, Trump has not afforded the United Kingdom the same exchange".

The sanctions came as an eagerly-watched contest for a previously safe Republican seat in the USA congress went to the wire, leading to speculation that voters were turning against Donald Trump and could punish the Republican Party at mid-term elections.

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