United States to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve attack in UK

  • United States to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve attack in UK

United States to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve attack in UK

Unless Russia agrees within 90 days to stop all use of chemical weapons and permit inspections to confirm their elimination, the law requires the United States to choose from a range of additional measures, including withdrawal of USA support for global loans and US bank loans, prohibition of landing rights for Russian airlines, and suspension of diplomatic relations.

The State Department announced the penalties on Wednesday - a response to the poisoning last March of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, in the British town of Salisbury.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of being behind the attack, which the Kremlin vehemently denies.

New sanctions are expected to come into effect on or around August 22 following a 15-day Congressional notification period.

Instead, he said there were also delays in triggering the same type of US sanctions after the two most recent chemical or biological attacks, one in Sryia by the Assad regime and another perpetrated by North Korea.

"I guess what it's about is the internal politics in the U.S., that Donald Trump of course has been under a lot of pressure at home for talking about wanting to meet Vladimir Putin again and his policy is a reflection really of how his business operates - he says one thing one day, one thing the next, to try to keep the various factions happy".

Mr Putin, himself a former KGB spy, said earlier this month Mr Skripal would have been dead if he was attacked with a weapons-grade agent. One of them died.

Trump has not shied away from condemning the Skripal attack, but critics have questioned why it has taken the US government so long to impose the new sanctions in response.

Russia's embassy in London said they had not received any extradition requests over allegations any of its citizens were involved in the novichok poisonings.

The White House did not immediately send out a statement on the sanctions.

"This whole accusatory pyramid is being built in the absence of any legal substantiation, but they're still telling us about global law and respect for legal obligations", Zakharova told the Moscow briefing. Yet the American leader was roundly criticized by members of both parties in Congress for what many perceived as an overly conciliatory performance at a summit meeting with Vladimir Putin leader in Helsinki last month. The Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack. His administration has sanctioned a number of Russian officials and oligarchs for human rights abuses and election meddling.

She accused Washington of picking the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, as a "contrived excuse" for sanctions.

Zakharova said the United States was "knowingly presenting demands that are unacceptable to us" as conditions for the sanctions to be lifted.

Those products include machinery and electrical parts - the trade of which could be worth "potentially hundreds of millions of dollars", according to a senior U.S. state department official.