USA says Russian Federation sanctions to target security-related goods

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with novichok and found slumped on a bench in Salisbury in March

The State Department on Wednesday announced that the Trump administration was imposing mandatory new sanctions on Russian Federation for violating a us law prohibiting chemical and biological weapons.

"The government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law", US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Image copyright Rex Image caption Yulia and Sergei Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury in March What is a sanction?

A senior U.S. State Department official said later new sanctions would not apply directly to Aeroflot, but could theoretically affect the company if it tried to import any of the goods covered by the sanctions.

In late March, Trump ordered 60 more Russian diplomats expelled from the U.S. as part of a global response to the attack - a response that included similar expulsions of diplomats from other nations checking Russia.

The announcement fueled already worsening investor sentiment about the possible impact of more U.S. sanctions on Russian assets and the rouble at one point slid by over 1% on Thursday against the dollar, hitting a two-year low.

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".

Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament, said Thursday that the US has behaved like a "police state, threatening and torturing a suspect to get evidence".

The law requires the president to terminate arms sales, deny us credit and prohibit the export of sensitive technology to any country using chemical or biological weapons. One of the victims, Dawn Sturgess, later died, leading police to launch a murder inquiry.

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The British government welcomed the United States decision to impose fresh sanctions on Russian Federation.

The sanctions are expected to take effect later this month.

The sanctions came as an eagerly-watched contest for a previously safe Republican seat in the United States congress went to the wire, leading to speculation that voters were turning against Donald Trump and could punish the Republican Party at mid-term elections.

"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.

If Moscow violates the sanctions then it could see restrictions on flights from the Russian Aeroflot airline to the US, sanctions on USA bank loans, increased export and import restrictions, including on gas and petroleum, and potentially even a downgrade of diplomatic relations.

The White House said Trump provided "a letter of introduction" at Paul's request, and that the president "mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin".

The U.S. move also triggered a sell-off in Russian government bonds and the dollar-denominated RTS index fell to its lowest since April 11.

After pressure from Republican members of Congress, the state department has determined Moscow broke global law by using a military-grade chemical weapon on the Skripals.

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