U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Nerve-Agent Attack in Britain

Share
U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Nerve-Agent Attack in Britain

The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it would soon impose new sanctions against Russia in response to the attempted assassination in March of a former Russian spy living in England and his daughter.

However, the second tranche, activated after 90 days if Moscow fails to provide "reliable assurances" it will no longer use chemical weapons and allow on-site inspections by the United Nations or other worldwide observer groups, is more serious.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia survived nerve-agent poisoning in Britain after spending weeks in hospital.

She said sanctions would take effect on or around August 22.

The State Department's surprise announcement of the new sanctions on Wednesday jolted Moscow, where some politicians and analysts had been hopeful that Putin's meeting with President Trump in Helsinki in July would stabilize U.S.

Mr Rowley told ITV News he had earlier found a sealed bottle of perfume and given it to Ms Sturgess, who sprayed the substance on her wrists.

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce, who had pushed months ago for Trump to take action over Russia's use of banned weapons, applauded the move as "key to increasing pressure on Russian Federation".

Analysts in Moscow said it was highly unlikely that Putin would allow inspectors to enter the country to head off the additional sanctions, since doing so would look like succumbing to USA pressure. One of them died.

The move was announced today by the USA state department.

"Trump is the master of media manipulation, and the decision to sanction Russia over the Skripal assassination attempt comes, not coincidentally, as pressure mounts on the president to react to the widespread condemnation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election", Professor Michael Cullinane, a reader in U.S. history at the University of Roehampton, told i. He added that the new sanctions amount to "inflicting a punishment in the absence of a crime in the tradition of lynch law".

"We consider categorically unacceptable the linking of new restrictions, which we as before consider illegal, to the case in Salisbury", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on August 9.

Russia is already under USA sanctions for its 2014 invasion of Crimea, and the Trump administration expelled 60 Russians from the US and shuttered the Russian consulate in Seattle in response to the failed assassination attempt.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said the sanctions would send "an unequivocal message to Russian Federation that its provocative, reckless behaviour will not go unchallenged".

"The administration is rightly acting to uphold global bans on the use of chemical weapons", said Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"You can impose sanctions against another state because you want to see a change in behaviour of the other state", says Professor Moritz Pieper, a lecturer in worldwide relations at the University of Salford.

Britain said it welcomed the United States response to the chemical attack in Salisbury, the sleepy English town where the Skripals were poisoned.

The Guardian this week reported the Government is set to submit an extradition request to Moscow for two Russians suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Justice is served as new Judge Dredd figure preorders are now open
Despite the hefty price tag of $799.99, there is a 15% discount available for customers who pay in full or opt into a payment plan.

The Most Successful X Factor Winners
The song became an instant hit, selling over 1,25 million copies and this in the UK alone, yes , she was the winner of X Factor. M ore recently, “That’s My Goal” reached an outstanding total of 1.12m copies and this just in the UK factor.

Trump hates ‘chain migration’. His in-laws used it to get US citizenship
She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling. The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

At least 43 killed, including children, in attack on Yemen market
Maliki said those responsible for firing ballistic missiles and targeting civilians would "get what they deserve". The Saudi coalition has been at war with the Houthis since March 2015.

England v India: Rain delays start of second Test at Lord's
Yet this season has seen Pope make 684 runs for Championship leaders Surrey at an average of 85.5, including three centuries. We expect Kohli and Co.to give a good performance in the second Test. "Then we need some composure", he added.

Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering
The new government reopened the investigations stifled under Mr Najib's rule and barred him and his wife from leaving the country. Najib and his allies are accused of plundering billions of dollars from 1MDB to buy everything from U.S. real estate to artworks.

Michael Moore: Trump is the 'Last President of the United States'
The Huffington Post tweeted an exclusive trailer for the film Thursday morning, and it's slated to hit theaters on September 21. He emphasizes that having "hope" alone is passive, saying our nation should not rely on this to solve our problems.

Barcelona 'insert £54m buy-back clause' into Yerry Mina's Everton deal
New Everton defender Yerry Mina says that he is looking forward to the challenge of competing in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has won 14 caps for Brazil and arrives at Goodison Park before the close of the transfer window.

Two Hamas Terrorists Dead as Israel Returns Fire from Gaza
But Hamas said its fighters were taking part in a live-fire exercise and that Israel would pay for their deaths. Tensions have soared since Hamas launched mass protests along the border in March.

Pochettino hints Brexit influenced Spurs' lack of transfers
But when it is not possible, why create a problem that can only disturb or not help the club and team-mates? But once you can not change anything, then you need to change your mindset and think about the team.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.