US to impose fresh sanctions on Russia over Skirpal case

US to impose fresh sanctions on Russia over Skirpal case

Washington, Nov 7: The United States intends to move forward with imposing additional sanctions against Russia for the attack against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal as required by law, said State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert.

"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," Sputnik said quoting Nauert in a report adding that the State Department is consulting with Congress about the sanctions, as is also required under the law.

"We intend to proceed in accordance with the terms of the CBW Act, which directs the implementation of additional sanctions." Nauert said.

The United States has accused Russia of involvement in the March 4 nerve agent attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English town of Salisbury, a claim repeatedly denied by Moscow.

"The Chemical Biological Weapons Act mandates that the State Department certify to the Congress whether Russia has met conditions required by the law, three months after the initial determination of the Skripal case. That initial determination was made August 6, and that takes us to November 6," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a press briefing last week. (UNI)