Published: Wed, August 08, 2018

U.S. to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack

U.S. to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack

The US expelled a number of Russian diplomats as part of an global response to the attack, when the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were taken ill in March.

The sanctions are to take effect on or around 22 August, she added.

"It is an assault on United Kingdom sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of global law".

The news came as Republican US Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday he had delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing cooperation.

The former Russian double agent and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in the town of Salisbury, England, on March 4.

Those sanctions will include the presumed denial of export licenses for Russian Federation to purchase many items with national security implications, according to a senior State Department official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to do so by name.

The U.S., Britain, France, and Germany issued a statement earlier this year condemning the March 4 attack as a "breach of global law" and a threat to worldwide security.

The US 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.

A couple from Salisbury, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, came into contact with the same deadly batch of nerve agent nearly three months later on June 30.

Ms Sturgess died, having sprayed the substance over herself, but Mr Rowley survived.

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