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US Slaps More Sanctions On Russia Over Spy Poisoning

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Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy (right), and his daughter Yulia Skripal.
Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy (right), and his daughter Yulia Skripal.

The Trump administration will impose more sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law following the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the UK earlier this year, the State Department announced Wednesday.

In a statement Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US had made this decision on Monday, and accused Russia of violating international law, report the CNN and the BBC. The statement anticipated the sanctions would go into effect around Aug. 22 in line with the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were hospitalized and treated for a nerve-agent attack in March. Yulia Skripal was discharged from the hospital in April, and her father was discharged in May.

Russia denies any role in the attack.

The Russian rouble has slumped to its lowest level since November 2016, hours after the US announced new sanctions because of the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the UK, according to the BBC.

The rouble-dollar rate reached 66.7 on the Moscow stock exchange. On Tuesday the rouble rate had been 63.4.