U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in UK

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The US Government said it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in the UK.

Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the military-grade nerve agent in the British town of Salisbury in March.

Following a 15-day congressional notification period, the sanctions will take effect on or around August 22, according to a statement from the State Department.

The United States is to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation after concluding that it was responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

The sanctions would be structured in two tranches, with the biggest impact from the initial sanctions expected to come from a ban on granting licenses to export sensitive national security goods to Russia, NBC reported, quoting a senior State Department official.

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".

It would reportedly include more drastic measures, such as downgrading diplomatic relations, banning the Russian airline Aeroflot from flying to the United States and cutting off almost all exports and imports.

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Three months later, Dawn Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley fell ill after they came into contact with the substance, which was found in a sealed perfume bottle. The measures are scheduled to go into effect on or around August 22, according to the State Department.

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

President Trump met with Putin at a summit in July.

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

Relations between Russia and the West hit a new low, and the USA was among United Kingdom allies that expelled Russian diplomats.

The White House did not immediately send out a statement on the sanctions.

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