The U.S. State Department this week issued a release concerning the imposition of sanctions on Russia in response to a determination that the Russian government had used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law.
The State Department released a statement providing that the United States had determined that the Russian government had used a “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate a UK citizen and his daughter. The U.S. government further determined that under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, this action by the Russian government was in violation of international law or that the Russian government had used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.
Following a 15-day congressional notification period, these sanctions will take effect upon publication of a notice in the Federal Register (expected on or about 22 August 2018).
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