The State Department announced that the second package of sanctions in the Skripal case will take effect on August 26
The second package of US anti-Russian sanctions in connection with the Skripals case will enter into force on August 26. This follows from the official notice of the US State Department, distributed in the electronic database of the US Federal Register (a collection of official documents of the US government), reports TASS.
This document will be published on August 26, after which restrictive measures will take effect.
The second package of US sanctions against Russia related to the poisoning of GRU ex-colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia is another act of provocation that will not affect Russia’s development and growth of its influence in the world, the head of the State Duma’s Committee on Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky. "Not a single sanction, not a single provocation can stop the continued development of Russia, strengthening our economy, defense capabilities and influence in the international arena," the Russian parliamentarian assured.
We are talking about sanctions, the introduction of which was announced in early August by the White House and the State Department, and not about any additional restrictions beyond this.
Recall that in early August, US President Donald Trump signed a decree regarding the procedure for implementing the provisions on the introduction of restrictive measures against a country that violated the American law on the control of chemical and biological weapons and the prohibition of their use of 1991. This law is the legal basis for the introduction of the first package of sanctions against the Russian Federation in the Skripals case at the end of August 2018.
Trump explained to lawmakers that his order “instructs the Minister of Finance, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to take the following actions, if necessary, to impose the sanctions described in the law on chemical weapons. In particular, it refers to“ obstructing the process of providing loans, financial or technical assistance to this country with international financial institutions, "reports TASS.
The State Department later announced that the second package of sanctions would include limiting debt financing of Russia by US banks not in Russian currency.
In particular, the United States will oppose the provision of loans, financial or technical assistance to Moscow by international financial institutions such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, and American banks will be prohibited from participating in the primary market for non-ruble bonds of Russian sovereign debt and providing non-ruble loans to the Russian government.
On March 4 last year, former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal, convicted in Russia for spying for the United Kingdom, and his daughter Julia were exposed in the English city of Salisbury to the effects of the novice fighting nerve agent.
The UK has argued that Russia is highly likely to be involved in this incident. Moscow categorically rejected "all speculation on this matter," indicating that there were no development programs for such a substance in the USSR or in the Russian Federation.
The British authorities suspect the Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov in the attack on Skripals. The Insider and Bellingcat found out that their real names are Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga, they work in the GRU. Later, the media reported about the third participant in the poisoning – GRU officer Denis Sergeyev, who acted under the fictitious name of Sergei Fedotov.
The first package of sanctions for the poisoning of Skripals was introduced by the United States on August 27, 2018 as part of the American Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Prohibition Act of 1991. The package was relatively soft – a ban on the export of military and dual-use products to Russia (but with a number of exceptions), a ban on the purchase of weapons from Russia.
At the same time, the sanction law stated that if, within three months, the violating country does not comply with the US requirements (guaranteed termination of the use of chemical weapons with international inspections), the president, after consultation with Congress, is required to impose additional sanctions.
The discussed second package of sanctions provided for the threat of lowering the level of bilateral diplomatic relations or even their complete suspension, in fact a complete ban on any export of American goods to Russia with the exception of food, as well as imports by the United States of Russian goods, including oil and oil products, deprivation of the right to land in the United States aircraft any airline controlled by the Russian government, Washington blocking loans to Moscow through international financial organizations.
The US administration had previously expressed the hope that before the application of these restrictions, described by both sides as "draconian", the deal still did not come. However, Trump now had to apply some of these sanctions, as US intelligence agencies could not prove that Russia had stopped using chemical weapons.