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

10 August 2018

More draconian sanctions will hit in 90 days unless Moscow can provide reliable assurances that it will no longer use such weapons and allow on-site inspections by worldwide observers.

Peskov said the USA had yet to inform Russian Federation of the sanctions and so it would be incorrect to talk about countermeasures, though Russia's embassy in Washington wrote in a statement the State Department had contacted officials.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt thanked the United States on Thursday in a tweet.

The Russian embassy in the United States called the measures "draconian" and Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said they were "illegal" and "absolutely unfriendly".

Earlier Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert released a statement explaining the sanctions.

Russia's embassy in the United States called new USA sanctions draconian and said the reason for the new restrictions - allegations it poisoned a former spy and his daughter in Britain - were far-fetched. They aim to deny Russian state-owned and state-funded enterprises access to any national-security-sensitive goods and technologies originating in the U.S.

Peskov highlighted on Thursday what he called the "unpredictability of Russia's partners across the Atlantic.you can expect anything from Washington", he told CBS News partner network BBC News, calling the us, "an unpredictable global player".

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A senior State Department official estimated the sanctions could affect hundreds of millions of dollars in trade with Russian Federation. British police scoured sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England, searching for a container feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok. There will also be some further restrictions on Russian access to United States financial services.

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 global airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2017.

"In our view, these and earlier restrictions are absolutely unlawful and don't conform to global law", Peskov said.

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.

NBC, citing US officials, said the second tranche could include downgrading diplomatic relations, suspending the state airline Aeroflot's ability to fly to the United States, and cutting off almost all exports and imports.

"The mandatory sanctions that follow this determination are key to increasing pressure on Russian Federation". Dawn Sturgess later died while her partner, Charlie Rowley, spent three weeks recovering in hospital.

"The Russian government engages in a range of malign activity around the globe", Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said at the time, saying Russia has continued to occupy Ukraine's Crimea region, supplied weapons to the Syrian regime, and engaged in cyberwarfare. Investigators believe she found the substance in a discarded bottle and thought it was perfume.

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