United States imposes sanctions on Russian Federation over Skripal poisonings in Salisbury

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The Skripals survived being targeted with a Russian-created novichok nerve agent.

She said sanctions would take effect on or around 22 August, after a 15-day Congressional notification period.

The State Department said Wednesday that the USA will slap Russian Federation with sanctions for using a military-grade nerve agent in an attack on United Kingdom citizen and former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

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They were found in a serious condition on a bench in The Maltings shopping centre, and the discovery of the substance sparked a city-wide investigation with police having to cordon off large areas, including where they had eaten dinner that evening.

While Trump has cast doubt on US intelligence agencies' finding that Russia interfered in the election and sought to help him win, his administration has repeatedly expanded USA sanctions on Russia as top officials have reaffirmed the findings on Russian election interference. One of them died.

The US expelled a number of Russian diplomats as part of an global response to the attack, when the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were taken ill in March.

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"The administration is rightly acting to uphold global bans on the use of chemical weapons", said Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"The mandatory sanctions that follow this determination are key to increasing pressure on Russian Federation".

Mr Trump caught flak from Democrats and Republicans alike for what many saw as his unsettling embrace of Mr Putin last month at their Helsinki summit, when Mr Trump appeared to disavow his own intelligence agencies' assessment on Moscow's election interference. The U.S. said at the time it was the largest expulsion of Russian spies in American history. Waivers have been issued for foreign assistance and space flight activities, while commercial passenger aviation and other commercial goods for civilian use will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, according to the official who briefed reporters.

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