US ACCUSES RUSSIA OVER UK NERVE AGENT POISONING; IMPOSES SANCTIONS

Politico on 9th August reported that the Trump Administration will impose new sanctions on Russia over the attempted assassination in Britain of a former Kremlin spy, Sergey Skripal. After concluding that Russia used a banned nerve agent, Novichok.   The sanctions would cover sensitive national-security controlled goods, a senior State Department official told reporters.  There would, however, be exemptions for space flight activities, government space co-operation, and areas covering commercial passenger aviation safety, which would be reviewed on a case by case basis.  The official said a second batch of “more draconian” sanctions would be imposed after 90 days unless Russia gives “reliable assurances” that it will no longer use chemical weapons and allow on-site inspections by the UN or other international observer groups.  The sanctions are being imposed under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

https://www.politico.eu/article/sergei-skripal-novichok-us-sanctions-russia-over-nerve-agent-poisoning/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/us-imposes-sanctions-on-russia-for-nerve-agent-attack-in-uk/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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