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US to impose ‘additional sanctions’ on Russia over Skripal poisoning claim

RT | November 6, 2018

Washington will move to impose additional sanctions against Russia, saying Moscow did not meet its demands by the deadline set by the US and accusing Moscow of a chemical attack against a former spy and his daughter in the UK.

“Today, the Department informed Congress we could not certify that the Russian Federation met the conditions required by the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday. “We intend to proceed in accordance with the terms of the CBW Act, which directs the implementation of additional sanctions.”

Those sanctions may include downgrading diplomatic relations, banning the Russian national carrier Aeroflot from flying to the US, and cutting off nearly all imports and exports, already severely curtailed under a series of sanctions since 2014.

In August, the State Department sent Moscow a note claiming that Russia had violated the CBW Act by using “Novichok” nerve agent  against Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

The Skripals were hospitalized in early March, and the British government accused Moscow of using the deadly toxin. The UK government has offered no evidence for its claims, but the US and a number of NATO countries took London’s word for it and expelled over 150 Russian diplomats. Russia has retaliated in kind.

Among the demands from Foggy Bottom was that Russia stop using chemical weapons and provide “reliable” assurances to the US it will not do so again, subject to verification by international inspectors. Moscow was given a three-month deadline to fulfill these conditions.

“Everyone who is at least a little bit familiar with the so-called Skripal case understands the absurdity of the statement contained in the official State Department document,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the time. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said any further US sanctions could be considered a declaration of a trade war.

Russia says the last of its chemical weapons were destroyed in 2017, and that this was verified by international observers.

November 6, 2018 - Posted by | Economics, False Flag Terrorism, Russophobia | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. U.S. seeks to impose something? Oh, additional “sanctions” on Russia. What a joke. Are people really this stupid?

    Comment by tsisageya | November 6, 2018 | Reply

  2. The Top Layer of the American Government appears set on course to embarrass the American people again and again, acting unilaterally and without an ounce of proof, against whoever they deem to be the “villain de Jour”, and Russia, of course, is more often than not, the ‘Villain’.

    The “Leader of the Free World”(don’t laugh) is acting like a spoilt child in making a fool of itself, and even allies in Europe are looking on in disbelief, at the imbeciles in Washington, where madness seems to be the order of the day.

    I think it’s almost time for the British BBC to make a comedy series about the goings on in the USA Government, such is the lunacy on display, every day. It could be a World Wide hit, and perhaps bring some “Sanity” to the real Imbeciles.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | November 6, 2018 | Reply


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