United States to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent attack

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United States to impose sanctions on Russian Federation over nerve agent attack

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 global law or had used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals".

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, England, on March 4, having been poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The U.S. had joined Britain in condemning Russia for the Skripal poisoning and joined with European nations in expelling Russian diplomats in response, but it had yet to make the formal determination that the Russian government had "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals".

The Skripals were targeted in the March attack, but the second pair to be affected came across the poison in a perfume bottle they found in a bin in Amesbury, eight miles away, in July.

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The Trump administration has announced it will impose new sanctions against Russian Federation over the poisoning of a former British spy in Salisbury.

A US State Department official said the action is aimed at punishing Russian government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law".

She said the sanctions will take effect on or around August 22.

The attack led, three months later, to the subsequent death of Dawn Sturgess, and the contamination of her partner, Charlie Rowley.

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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.

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