US announces sanctions against Russia after covering blowback against India

TIL Desk/World/Washington/ The US has announced that it would impose fresh sanctions against Russia from the end of August. The move comes after intense debate in US circles over the effects of the sanctions, and subsequent measures to ensure the blowback among other things does not affect countries like India.

An official of the US State Department said Moscow had been notified of the coming sanctions. The sanctions are aimed at penalising Moscow for allegedly carrying out a nerve gas attack against Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence operative, in London in March. A number of European countries have already responded by expelling Russian diplomats.

A US State Department spokesperson said the sanctions come after it had been determined that Russia “has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law, or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.”The debate over whether or not to impose the sanctions had covered discussions over the provisions of US law that would end up penalising some countries that the Washington is looking to improve ties with, like India.

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