(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 10, 2018 Personnel in protective coveralls and breathing equipment work at the Salisbury District Hospital in Salisbury, southern England, on March 10, 2018, in connection with the major incident sparked after a man and a woman were poisoned in a nerve agent attack. A British couple left critically ill in an English town were exposed to Novichok — the same nerve agent used in the poisoning of a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal in the nearby city of Salisbury this year, police said on July 5, 2018. / AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
Washington: The US has slapped sanctions on Russia over the nerve agent attack in Britain in March, it was announced on Wednesday.
US TV network NBC reported that the first tranche of new US sanctions would ban licenses for export of sensitive national security goods to Russia.
The second sanctions tranche could downgrade diplomatic relations, suspend Russian flagcarrier Aeroflot’s ability to fly to the US and cut nearly all exports and imports, according to the report.
BREAKING: Trump admin. is hitting Russia with new sanctions punishing President Putin’s government for using a chemical weapon against an ex-spy in Britain, US officials tell @NBCNews. https://t.co/wV3cq2bk1T – @JoshNBCNews— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 8, 2018
In announcing the sanctions, the US stated that Russia used a chemical weapon to try to assassinate ex-spy in Britain.
Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia collapsed in the city of Salisbury on March 4 after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, both have since recovered.