White House Announces 2nd Round of Sanctions Against Russia for Involvement in Poisoning Former Russian Agent, Daughter in 2018

  • The White House announced on Friday that President Trump will place another round of sanctions on Russia related to the poisoning of former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, in Britain in 2018 despite Russia denying involvement.
  • The White House remarked that Trump “signed an executive order, under which the U.S. government would block international financial institutions such as the World Bank from lending to governments subject to U.S. sanctions for using chemical or nuclear weapons.”
  • Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said: “I think that this is primarily connected to U.S. domestic politics.”
  • Last year, initial sanctions were imposed on Russia after the U.S. determined that Russia was responsible for using a nerve agent against Sergei and Yulia.
  • White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said: “After the first round of sanctions in response to Russia’s assassination attempt against a private citizen in the U.K., Russia did not provide the assurances required under U.S. law.”
  • Gidley added: “So we are imposing a second round of sanctions. It’s another instance where we’re proving tougher on Russia than previous administrations.”
  • According to reports, “Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his daughter were found slumped on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March last year after Novichok nerve agent was smeared on his front door.”
  • A woman who lived near Skripal died after her partner brought home a discarded perfume bottle that contained the poison.
  • After the attack, the U.S. and several European countries expelled 100 Russian diplomats.
  • London charged two Russian men in absentia who appeared on Russian TV discussing how they visited Salisbury as tourists.
  • The announcement of new sanctions comes amid the breakdown of a key 1987 treaty between the U.S. and Russia after the U.S. withdrew due to its accusations that Russia violated the treaty with its missile system, which Russia has denied.

Reference Links

  • Reuters: U.S imposes new sanctions on Russia over Skripal poisoning READ
  • USA TODAY: Donald Trump sanctions Russia over nerve agent attack on former spy in Britain READ
  • The Hill: Trump imposes new sanctions on Russia over chemical weapons use READ
  • Politico: Trump to sanction Russia over chemical weapons use READ

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