US Will Sanction Russia After UK Nerve Agent Attack

Lamar Ellis
August 10, 2018

Aeroflot shares rebounded on this statement to 111.25 rubles, posting a 0.6 percent fall on the day. Royce had previously accused Trump of ignoring the Russian nerve agent attack.

Zakharova described the new sanctions as an "unfriendly act" and accused the us of trying to "demonize" Russian Federation.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt thanked the U.S. on Thursday in a tweet.

Lawmakers from Russia's ruling party accused US politicians of treating the country like a punching bag in their partisan infighting and in midterm campaigning.

The Trump administration 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. Russia's embassy in the US called the measures draconian.

The US State Department announced Wednesday that sanctions would be imposed under a chemical and biological warfare law and would go into effect around August 22. These could go as far as a ban on Russian airlines using U.S. airports.

The second, which can be selectively activated after 90 days if Moscow fails to provide "reliable assurances" it will no longer use chemical weapons and blocks on-site inspections, could include downgrading diplomatic relations, suspending national flag carrier Aeroflot's ability to fly to the United States and cutting off almost all exports and imports.

Russian Federation will also be given 90 days to comply with other demands, including allowing worldwide inspectors into the country to ensure that no chemical or biological weapons exist there.

The US made a similar determination in February when it found that North Korea used a chemical weapon to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2017.

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Proposed US legislation prepared by several senators calls on Trump to widen the sanctions to include virtually all Russian energy projects and effectively bar Western companies from any involvement in the country.

All are prohibited from any transactions involving the USA financial system.

Zakharova said the United States was "knowingly presenting demands that are unacceptable to us" as conditions for the sanctions to be lifted. Those sanctions restrict travel and financial transactions. Rand Paul - who has been one of Trump's few defenders over the Helsinki summit delivered a letter to Putin from Trump that he said emphasized a desire for greater cooperation in counterterrorism and cultural exchanges.

What was the nerve agent?

Prices of Russia's government bonds, known as OFZs, also inched higher from Thursday lows.

But the Trump administration agreed with the conclusions of Mrs May's government, expelling a number of diplomats in solidarity with the UK.

Trump also ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians, including 12 identified as intelligence officers, and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle.

Three months after the Salisbury attack, two other people fell ill at a house in Amesbury, about eight miles from the city.

Both Skripal and his daughter survived the attack, but spent weeks recovering in the hospital. Police believe the couple accidentally found a bottle containing Novichok.

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