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State Dept Considers Second Round of Sanctions Against Russia Over Skripal Case

© Sputnik / Alexey Filippov / Go to the mediabankA sign of Salisbury District Hospital where former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are treated
A sign of Salisbury District Hospital where former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are treated - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is actively considering a second, more draconian round of sanctions against Russia over the Skripal case, US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Christopher Ford said on Wednesday.

"Under statute… there is a menu of options if you will, things that need to be considered. As part of that, we do not have an inter-agency decision answer on what those pieces are yet. It is under active consideration," Ford said. "The second round of sanctions under the statue is a more draconian menu than the first round."

Last week, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told Sputnik that the United States intends to move forward with imposing additional sanctions against Russia for the attack against Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal.

Military personnel dig near the area where Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on a park bench, in Salisbury, England, Tuesday April 24, 2018 - Sputnik International
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The United States has accused Russia of involvement in the March 4 nerve agent attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English town of Salisbury, a claim repeatedly denied by Moscow.

In August, the United States announced that it was imposing sanctions on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

The law allows for the termination of foreign assistance and arms sales, denial of US government credit or other financial assistance, prohibitions on exports and a suspension of diplomatic relations, among other possible measures.

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