United States to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over Skripal attack

US imposes sanctions on Russia over Skripal poisonings in Salisbury

US imposes sanctions on Russia over Skripal poisonings in Salisbury

The State Department said the USA this week made the determination that Russian Federation had used the Novichok nerve agent to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, and that sanctions would follow.

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 door.

She said sanctions would take effect on or around August 22.

An official judgement on the Skripal affair has tonight been passed by the the US State Department, paving the way for new sanctions against Russian Federation.

There would, however, be exemptions for space flight activities, government space cooperation, and areas covering commercial passenger aviation safety, which would be reviewed on a case by case basis, the official added.

Also in March, Washington ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, and the closure of Russia's consulate general in Seattle. The statement anticipated the sanctions would go into effect around August 22 in line with the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

Charlie Rowley, 45, was released from a hospital last month, but his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after exposure.

Later on, London claimed that the Novichok-class toxin had been developed in Russian Federation.

Russian officials question why Russia would want to attack an ageing turncoat who was pardoned and swapped in a Kremlin-approved 2010 spy swap.

London and its allies have accused Moscow of trying to kill the Skripals and says the two cases are likely linked.

Ahead of the announcement in Washington, the ruble took a hit and stocks fell in Moscow over rumours of new United States sanctions, which appeared to refer to the possible second round.

The US blamed the attack on Vladimir Putin and said they would be issuing fresh sanctions in response to the deadly attack.

Recommended News

  • Snap Inc., Snapchat parent company, reports Q2 2018 earnings

    Snap Inc., Snapchat parent company, reports Q2 2018 earnings

    It was the first full quarter that all users were transitioned to the redesigned Snapchat, which rolled out this year. Instead, Snapchat dropped its daily user total by 2% to 188 million users from an expected 193 million.
    Hall produces Faldo-like performance to win Women's British Open

    Hall produces Faldo-like performance to win Women's British Open

    Hall added: "I was in the final round past year [at Kingsbarns] and that is definitely going to help me". He turned in a dud, and a birdie on the 18th hole gave him another 73 to leave him 15 shots behind.
    Ruby Rose Is The CW's Batwoman

    Ruby Rose Is The CW's Batwoman

    Ruby's Batwoman will be an out and proud lesbian, aka Kate Kane , who fights crime and social injustice in Gotham City. Just after its announcement of Batwoman as the CW's next DC superhero series, the network has found its star.
  • Smash Bros Ultimate Direct Recap

    Smash Bros Ultimate Direct Recap

    There's plenty of time to make those extra reveals too, as Super Smash Bros Ultimate won't be here until December 7. Stages: Smash Bros . mastermind Masahiro Sakurai revealed Ultimate will have a rather absurd 103 stages.
    Ottawa brewer not interested in tapping into buck-a-beer

    Ottawa brewer not interested in tapping into buck-a-beer

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving worries lower prices may lead to increased consumption. Once upon a time you could buy a beer for $1 a bottle.
    Stephen Colbert Obliterates Alex Jones With His Rant Impression

    Stephen Colbert Obliterates Alex Jones With His Rant Impression

    Jones, who has 858,000 followers on Twitter, has built up his profile while promulgating conspiracy theories. Dorsey said he understood why people were upset with the decision, but he said censorship isn't the answer.
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders join 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

    Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders join 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

    As for the Spidey sequel, it would appear that we're looking at a stacked cast indeed. Spider-Man: Far From Home is due out in theaters July 5, 2019 .
    Live updates from Round 1 at Bellerive

    Live updates from Round 1 at Bellerive

    If he contends again at Bellerive, much less wins his fifth PGA Championship, he could take all the drama out of his selection. Here you will find players to target for this weekend's action, geared for cash games and tournament plays on Fanduel.
    Pentagon restricts use of geolocation software for troops

    Pentagon restricts use of geolocation software for troops

    Operational areas mostly consist of sensitive overseas locations where USA personnel are deployed. At the time, the map showed activity from 2015 through September 2017.
  • Google's Pixel 3 might come with a pair of wired Pixel Buds

    Google's Pixel 3 might come with a pair of wired Pixel Buds

    The leaked images also confirm that the Pixel 3 XL will come with a Snapdragon 845 chipset running at 2.8GHz along with 4GB RAM. According to screenshots, this is the Google Pixel 3 XL, and it runs an Adreno 630 GPU in a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip.
    GOP Rep. Chris Collins Hit With Insider Trading Charges

    GOP Rep. Chris Collins Hit With Insider Trading Charges

    Zarsky is also said to have made trades. "We are confident he will be completely vindicated and exonerated", attorneys for Rep. Collins reportedly used information from negative clinical trial tests conducted by a pharmaceutical company named Innate.

    Chinese exports accelerate as U.S. prepares new tariffs in heated row

    China's surplus with the United States shrank marginally to $28.09 billion last month from a record $28.97 billion in June. Chinese data on Wednesday showed exports to the U.S. rose 13.3% in July to $41.5 billion against a year ago.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.