US imposes sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in UK
Abrar Hussain: The United States announced on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August for the alleged nerve agent attack by Russia against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.
A senior State Department official claimed it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day.
European countries and the United States expelled 100 Russian diplomats after the attack, the strongest action by President Donald Trump against Russia since coming to office.
The sanctions would cover sensitive national-security controlled goods, a senior State Department official told reporters on a conference call, citing the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act.
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.
A British government spokesman welcomed Washington’s announcement, saying: “The strong international response to the use of a chemical weapon on the streets of Salisbury sends an unequivocal message to Russia that its provocative, reckless behaviour will not go unchallenged.”
In March, a former colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, Sergei Skripal, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury after a liquid form of the Novichok nerve agent was applied to his home’s front door.