US plans to introduce second part of the Skripal sanctions

US plans to introduce second part of the Skripal sanctions

The US authorities plan to introduce second part of sanctions against the Russian Federation over the Skripal case, the US State Department said.

“We plan intend to fulfill requirements of [American] legislation,” the US Foreign Ministry stressed.

The State Department referred to the 1991 law on control of chemical and biological weapons and prohibition of their military use, TASS reports.

First part of sanctions over the Skripal case were introduced on August 27. As the State Department stated at that time, if Moscow doesn't fulfill a number of criterias in 90 days, then new sanctions will be introduced. However, statutory 90 days have expired, and the US administration has not taken further steps.

Second part of sanctions envisages possibility of lowering level of bilateral diplomatic relations at the initiative of the United States or even suspension of them, as well as a total ban on export of any American goods other than food productas to Russia.

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