The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Russia over Moscow’s alleged use of a nerve agent against an ex-British spy.
The State Department said in a statement on Wednesday that the new sanctions would take effect on or around Aug 22.
The State Department said the United States determined on Monday that the Kremlin “has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals,” citing a 1991 law called the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act.
The United States joined Britain and other European allies in blaming Moscow for the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Britain earlier this year.
The U.S., Britain, France, and Germany issued a statement earlier this year condemning the March 4 attack as a “breach of international law” and a threat to international security.
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