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Hunt backs US sanctions on Russia over Skripals poisoning

by Purvai Dua
9th Aug 18 9:00 am

Washington is set to impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has also welcomed the decision saying the US measure showed there “is a price to pay” for using chemical and biological weapons.

ormer Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March following a Novichok attack.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it had been determined that Russia “has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law, or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.”

A second batch of “more draconian” sanctions would be imposed after 90 days unless Russia gives “reliable assurances” that it will no longer use chemical weapons and allow on-site inspections by the United Nations or other international observer groups, the official added.

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