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Russian Federation calls new USA sanctions draconian, rejects poisoning allegations

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Months after the attack a couple in a nearby town were also poisoned by the deadly toxin

The United States on Wednesday announced it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after Washington determined Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Britain.

"The government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of global law", US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the Novichok military-grade nerve agent in the English town of Salisbury in March.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert released a statement explaining the sanctions.

The law requires the president to terminate arms sales, deny US credit and prohibit the export of sensitive technology to any country using chemical or biological weapons.

The new US sanctions would cover sensitive national-security controlled goods, a senior State Department official told reporters.

In April 2018, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on seven of Russia's richest men-or "oligarchs"-as well as 17 top government officials, to put pressure on President Vladimir Putin's inner circle".

The United States said Wednesday it was imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation over Moscow's involvement in the use of a "lethal" nerve agent in the attempted killing of a former spy in Britain.

"It is an assault on United Kingdom sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of worldwide law".

Relations between Russia and the West hit a new low, and the U.S. was among United Kingdom allies that expelled Russian diplomats.

Some U.S. technology exports will likely get waivers allowed by the law, the official said, including equipment needed for the International Space Station and parts for commercial airliners to ensure they can fly safely. Royce had previously accused Trump of ignoring the Russian nerve agent attack. Dawn Sturgess later died while her partner, Charlie Rowley, spent three weeks recovering in hospital.

While criticized as too keen to strike up a friendship with Putin, Trump maintains that he's been tough on Moscow.

Wednesday's announcement comes less than a month after a summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki that has sparked concern among both Democrats and Republicans over the president's reluctance to hold the Kremlin to account for interfering in US elections.

Rowley and Sturgess were hospitalised after being exposed to the deadly nerve agent June 30.

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