Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump admin to hit Russian Federation with new sanctions

Trump admin to hit Russian Federation with new sanctions

While Trump has cast doubt on US intelligence agencies' finding that Russia interfered in the election and sought to help him win, his administration has repeatedly expanded USA sanctions on Russia as top officials have reaffirmed the findings on Russian election interference.

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

The sanctions will take effect on or around August 22 - and come at a time when President Trump has been trying to improve relations between the USA and Russian Federation.

WASHINGTON-The U.S. announced new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday over the nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter in the March, saying Moscow violated an global ban on chemical and biological weapons.

"It is an assault on United Kingdom sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of global law".

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Following the incident, the British government said the military-grade nerve agent Novichok, of a type developed by Russian Federation, had been used in the attack.

Reports earlier this week that the United Kingdom was preparing to request the extradition of two Russians it suspected of being behind the attack were found to be less advanced than initially suggested, Sky sources said.

President Trump remains at his Bedminster golf club and had no public events on Wednesday.

Ms Sturgess died, having sprayed the substance over herself, but Mr Rowley survived.

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