Donald Trump's administration hits Russian Federation with new sanctions over spy poisoning

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

Image Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

The United States, Royce noted, had imposed sanctions against North Korea in response to what it determined was a violation of the law following the assassination of Kim Jong Un's brother with the chemical warfare agent VX as he was passing through the global airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2017.

Police officers stand on duty outside Sergei Skripal's home in Salisbury, Britain, July 19, 2018.

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".

The State Department said the sanctions tied to the use of chemical weapons are expected to take effect around August 22 but didn't immediately say what they would entail. In the past, such exports are said to have included items like electronic devices and components, as well as test and calibration equipment for avionics.

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.

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Washington had already expelled dozens of Russian diplomats from the U.S. over the poisoning.

Moscow ordered 60 American diplomats expelled in a tit-for-tat response.

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The British government welcomed the move, which is a boost for its diplomatic efforts to win support for its assertion that Russian Federation was behind the attack in March on Sergei Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter Yulia.

They were seriously ill but later made a full recovery after spending several weeks in hospital.

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.

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

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.

The sanctions are mandated under the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, which says the USA president shall tighten the penalties within 90 days unless Moscow provides "reliable assurances" that it no longer engages in such activities, and allows on-site inspections by United Nations observers.

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

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