U.S. announces new Russia sanctions in connection with the 2018 poisoning of Sergei Skripal

OAN newsroom
UPDATED 9:20 AM PST – Sat. August 3, 2019

The U.S. announces a new round of sanctions on Russia, for its involvement in the 2018 poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal.

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrive to begin work at the scene of a nerve agent attack on former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, Salisbury, Britain, March 21, 2018.

In a statement Saturday, the State Department said Russia’s use of a chemical weapon endangered thousands of lives in the UK.

The measures will require Russia to provide restitution to the victims of the attack in Salisbury, and tightens the country’s access to U.S. markets.

The sanctions are set to take effect following a 15 day Congressional notification period, and will last 12 months.

The State Department said the move will likely cost the country billions of dollars in activity with the U.S.