2018-08-09 11:00:23 UTC
State Department: U.S. Will Impose New Sanctions on Russia for Nerve Attack
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh
sanctions on Russia after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent
against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.
Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence
service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious
on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid
form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to his home's front
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it had been determined that
Russia "has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of
international law, or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against
its own nationals."
She said sanctions would take effect on or around Aug. 22.
The news came as Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday he had
delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir
Putin proposing cooperation.
The sanctions would be structured in two tranches, with the biggest impact
from the initial sanctions expected to come from a ban on granting licenses
to export sensitive national security goods to Russia, NBC reported, quoting
a senior State Department official.