USA imposes sanctions on Russian Federation over Salisbury spy poisoning

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

The Trump administration will impose sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law following the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the United Kingdom earlier this year, the State Department announced Wednesday.

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.

'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 UK government has accused Russian Federation of being behind the attack, but the Kremlin has continuously denied involvement.

Sanctions waivers are in place for certain key sectors, including space flight activities and commercial aviation safety, the official said. Nauert said the sanctions will go into effect later this month.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off a new round of sanctions over the violation of global law.

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

A blazing diplomatic row ensued between London and Moscow in the following weeks and months after the Scotland Yard-led investigation attributed blame to Russian Federation.

One of them, Charlie Rowley, said that he believed the poison came from a bottle of what he thought to be perfume that he found on the ground and gave to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess.

President Trump met with Putin at a summit in July.

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

The sanctions are mandated under the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, which says the USA president shall tighten the penalties within 90 days unless Moscow provides "reliable assurances" that it no longer engages in such activities, and allows on-site inspections by United Nations observers.

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

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