Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

U.S. to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve attack in UK

U.S. to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve attack in UK

The US is to impose sanctions on Russia after determining that it used nerve agent against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the United Kingdom in March.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off a new round of sanctions over the violation of worldwide law.

While Skripal and his daughter survived the attack attributed to the Russian nerve agent Novichok, a British woman died and her companion became gravely ill after coming in contact with the substance just miles from the site of the March attack.

Sergei, a former KGB colonel, and Yulia were fighting for life but eventually made a full recovery after spending weeks in intensive care.

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.

A blazing diplomatic row ensued between London and Moscow in the following weeks and months after the Scotland Yard-led investigation attributed blame to Russian Federation.

In March, the US expelled 60 Russian diplomats as part of a joint response with allies to the nerve-agent attack.

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

The United States said on Wednesday it had determined that the Russian government had used a nerve agent in the attack against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain and would soon impose sanctions against Moscow.

Sanctions will go into effect on August 22 after a mandatory waiting period, the State Department said.

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