The State Department announced on Wednesday that the United States will be sanctioning Russia over its use of chemical weapons in the case of the alleged attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the United Kingdom earlier this year.
A statement put out by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert read, “Following the use of a ‘Novichok’ nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.”
“Following a 15-day Congressional notification period, these sanctions will take effect upon publication of a notice in the Federal Register, expected on or around August 22, 2018.”
Previously, the United States expelled 60 diplomats over the Skripal case.
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