US ready to impose more severe sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack in Salisbury
Washington flares up out of Moscow's refusal to admit American experts to Russian chemical facilities.
Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh stated on Thursday (Sept 13) that the United States is planning a new set of "severe" sanctions on Russia. According to her, Moscow does not take certain steps in the wake of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom, does not allow the United Nations to conduct inspections and the US do not receive an affirmation that Russia will not use nerve agents on people anymore.
“We plan to impose a very severe second round of sanctions,” Manisha Singh, the assistant secretary for the department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, told Congress on Thursday. She stated that the world community has not to tolerate "the behavior that Russia demonstrated poisoning and killing its citizens."
The US did not request access to Russian chemical facilities for inspections through official channels, an anonymous source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told Interfax. According to him, "all chemical weapons in the Russian Federation were destroyed on time, even ahead of schedule - in October last year."
In August, Washington completely banned the sale of weapons to Russia, as well as dual-use goods and technologies our of the poisoning of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the British Salisbury, and also, introduced some financial restrictions. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that a new round of sanctions "is nothing but additional tension." The second package of sanctions is expected in November.