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Trump admin to hit Russian Federation with new sanctions

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   PUNISHMENT Trump's administration will slap Russia with a new round of sanctions DS PUNISHMENT Trump's administration will slap Russia with a new round of sanctions
Deanna Wagner | 09 August, 2018, 02:12

A State Department official said the sanctions could have a significant impact on trade with Russian Federation.

The United States will impose sanctions on Russia for its use of a nerve agent in an attempt to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

The U.S., Britain, France, and Germany issued a statement earlier this year condemning the March 4 attack as a "breach of worldwide law" and a threat to global security.

PA Wire/PA Images Yulia Skripal, who was contaminated with the nerve agent Novichok along with her father Sergei Skripal. Police believe the couple accidentally found a bottle containing Novichok. One of them died.

Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to his home's front door.

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The State Department said Wednesday the sanctions will be imposed on Russian Federation because it used a chemical weapon in violation of global law.

European countries and the United States expelled 100 Russian diplomats after the attack, in the strongest action by President Donald Trump against Russia since he came to office. "Vladimir Putin must know that we will not tolerate his deadly acts, or his ongoing attacks on our democratic process", Royce said Wednesday.

Washington had already expelled dozens of Russian diplomats from the U.S. over the poisoning.

Sanctions will go into effect on August 22 after a mandatory waiting period, the State Department said.