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Pompeo discusses US sanctions over Russian with Lavrov

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

of State discussed with Russian the recent sanctions imposed by the US on and reiterated that seeks an "improved relationship" with

Last week, the had said it would impose new sanctions against to punish for the use of a nerve agent in an assassination attempt on a British citizen and his daughter.

Pompeo spoke over phone yesterday with and during the call reiterated that the seeks an improved relationship with and agreed to future dialogue, State Department said in a yesterday.

The discussed with recent sanctions imposed on pursuant to the and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 as well as the ongoing challenges in

Nauert had said that following the use of a "Novichok" nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, determined under the and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the "Government of the Russian Federation has used or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used or biological weapons against its own nationals."

Following a 15-day Congressional notification period, these sanctions will take effect around August 22.

The Kremlin had said the sanctions were illegal and unfriendly and that the U.S. move was counter with the constructive atmosphere of Trump and Putin's encounter in Moscow would start to work on retaliatory measures in the same spirit as any U.S. restrictions, the said.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 21:25 IST