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USA imposes sanctions on Russian Federation over Salisbury spy poisoning

USA imposes sanctions on Russian Federation over Salisbury spy poisoning

The State Department said in a statement on Wednesday that the new sanctions would take effect on or around Aug 22.

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.

Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in a shopping centre in Salisbury after being exposed to the nerve agent novichok.

"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 worldwide law".

The new sanctions, to be imposed later this month, come despite President Donald Trump's efforts to improve relations with Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin, and amid the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

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Two more people, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, later came into contact with the lethal substance and were hospitalised.

A State Department official said the sanctions could have a significant impact on trade with Russian Federation.

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

Since the March attack, two other British nationals with no ties to Russian Federation have been poisoned by the substance.

The State Department said in a statement that under the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act, Russia was found to have "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law or had used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals".