US DEPARTMENT OF STATE TO ENFORCE ‘NOVICHOK SANCTIONS’ ON RUSSIA




Mustafa AY – TDO – 09.08.2018 On Wednesday, US Department of State announced upcoming imposition of ‘Novichok sanctions’ on Russia. As a rationale to the sanctions, Heather Nauert –US Department of State Spokesperson- stated that they have evidence pointing out that Russia poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal with Novichok nerve agent. USA will impose the Novichok sanctions on Russia on 22th of August. Within the sanctions, USA will revoke Russia’s state-led airlines ‘Aeroflot’s landing rights as well as suspending diplomatic relations indefinetely.

Spokesperson Nauert uttered that US A will intensify the sancion on Russia if Moscow chooses not to take necessary remedial actions for the incident. After US Department’s announcement, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office welcomed the decision. On 3rd of March, 2018, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal were exposed to Novichok nerve agent in UK’s Salisbury. Sergei Salisbury worked as a double agent for London to disclose confidential informations belonging to Russian state during late 1990s and earlier 2000s.