President Trump’s State Department has released a new round of sanctions against Russia over chemical weapons use. The Washington Examiner reports:
President Trump is imposing new sanctions on Russia in response to the use of a chemical weapon in an assassination attempt that took place on British soil, the State Department announced Wednesday.
“[T]he United States, on Aug. 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,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in an afternoon bulletin.
Trump’s decision restricts Russia’s access to U.S. government financing and foreign aid, and bans the export of national security technology to Russia. The decision sets the table for a more aggressive round of sanctions in November, including moves to desire Russia of international financing and to downgrade diplomatic relations.
“These goods are currently subject to a case-by-case license determination,” a senior State Department official told reporters Wednesday. “When these sanctions go into effect, we will be presumptively denying these applications.”
The Russian government is not happy about these developments.