The Trump administration will reportedly be impsosing more Sanctions against Russia for us poisoning of an ex-spy in the UK.
The Trump administration will punish Russia with sanctions for poisoning an ex-spy living in Britain with a chemical weapon,the State Department said Wednesday.
Russia's currency, which was already facing its worst day against the U.S. dollar since April, sank even further after the sanctions were announced. The dollar touched its highest level against the ruble since November 2016.
In a statement, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the sanctions will go into effect around Aug. 22:
"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."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly approved of the U.S.' official determination that Russia violated a decades-old international law in its use of the poisonous chemical weapon Novichok, NBC News reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials.
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