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USA to impose new Russia sanctions on spy poisoning in Britain

By Maria Danilova | AP 6 November at 16:31 WASHINGTON – Trump Administration said Tuesday that it consulted with the…

WASHINGTON – Trump Administration said Tuesday that it consulted with the Congress on further sanctions against Russia about the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain, in a trick that is likely

The state department said in a statement that Russia failed to meet a 90-day deadline that fell on Tuesday to comply with a US law of 1991 on the prevention of the use of chemical weapons.

The United States and its allies have accused the Russian government of involvement in the marsh value attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury. The state department decided in August that Russia violated the chemical law in the Skripal case. Moscow strongly denies that it was behind the attack.

The Chamber spokesman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the Office will now hear the Congress on the Free Sanctions.

“We intend to continue in accordance with the terms of the CBW Act, which leads to the implementation of further sanctions,” she said, referring to the Act on Biological Violence and Warfare.

Ties between Moscow and Washington lie in cold war laws, despite the hopes of President Donald Trump to build closer ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia is already faced with US sanctions on its alleged disturbance in 2016 US elections and its actions in Ukraine.

Putin has said that Russia had no reason to attack Skripal, who had served prison to spy for Britain and then released in a spy swap deal in 2010. Moscow also denies meddling in US politics.

According to the Standard & Poors Credit Bureau, the Trump Administration selects three of the following six sanctions options: restricting US imports of Russian oil and prohibiting US technology and food exports, restricting Russia’s access to international financial markets and banning US banks to provide loans to the Russian government, further downgrading of diplomatic ties and restriction of travel in the United States of Russia’s Aeroflot airline.

Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Foreign Affairs, urged the Trump Administration to “act quickly” on sanctions.

In September, Britain accused two Russian citizens of trying to kill Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok. The scriptures survived the attack, but spent weeks at the hospital.

Britain says “the operation was almost certainly approved at a higher level.”

British-based investigation team Bellingcat has identified the two suspects as members of the Russian military intelligence unit called GRU, a military doctors and the other, a decorated agent.

Men deny commitment and say they traveled to Salisbury as tourists.


Associated Press writer Matthew Lee contributed to this report.

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