Trump Sanctions Russia Over Chemical Attack on British Citizens

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)



…But I thought Trump works for Russia?

On Wednesday, Donald “KGB” Trump puzzlingly ordered brand-spanking-new sanctions against Russia upon concluding that Putin’s administration attacked two British citizens — a former Soviet spy and his daughter.


The UK responded to the assault by expelling 150 Russian diplomats from multiple nations, including the U.S.

It’s a violation of international law to employ chemical or biological weaponry. Under United States law, sanctions get slapped on the guilty party.

Sixty Russian diplomats had already been expelled by the U.S. due to Moscow’s attempt to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

On Wednesday, the State Department released the following:

“Following the use of a ‘Novichok’ nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate U.K. citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has 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 around August 22, 2018.”

Both father and daughter were poisoned at their Salisbury, England home.

Sergei was previously imprisoned in Russia. In 2010, he was traded in a spy swap with Britain.


The sanctions intend to prevent Russian access to “U.S. weapons or military technology and financial assistance,” according to CBS News.

“State Department officials told reporters on a call that the economic impact of the sanctions would be in the range of ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ and would target electronic devices and engines, for example.”

If Russia fails to allow inspections and provide assurance they won’t utilize chemical weapons in the future, at the end of 90 days, harsher sanctions will be imposed.

In June, in an area near Salisbury, two Brits fell ill due to Novichok exposure, one of them dying from the toxin.


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