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US faces deadline for new Russia sanctions over nerve attack

AFP  |  Washington 

The faces a deadline Tuesday that could lead to fresh sanctions on over an attempted with a lethal of a former in Britain.

The State Department on August 6 found that had violated a 1991 law that seeks the elimination of and biological weapons.

The determination came after Britain said that Russian operatives on March 4 attempted to kill former intelligence agent and his daughter in Salisbury using Novichok, a military-grade developed by the during the Cold War.

Under the law, the State Department must report to within three months whether has come into compliance or impose a second round of sanctions.

State Department said the three-month deadline is Tuesday.

"The conditions that we would have to certify are that Russia has ceased and assured that it will not use weapons again, and that it has allowed international inspectors to verify those assurances," Palladino said.

"So, have they taken the steps to get back into compliance is the issue."

However, few members of are likely to be waiting on the edge of their seats for a report on Tuesday -- the date of midterm elections -- so it may take time before the State Department determination comes to light.

The first round of sanctions announced with the determination was largely symbolic and included a freeze on government credit guarantees to Russia and a ban on US arms sales. Russia, the major rival to the as a military exporter, does not buy US arms in any case.

The State Department made exemptions to continue military trade that allows space cooperation with Russia including commercial launches.

It also waived certain sanctions on security-sensitive exports to allow sales related to civil aviation and exports needed by US businesses that operate in Russia.

has given no indication it is eager to satisfy US concerns on the issue.

After the initial US determination, said Russia would respond to any measures "with the principle of reciprocity."

Last month, The expelled agents it said came from Russia's GRU military intelligence who hacked into the world's weapons watchdog, which is based in

US prosecutors at the same time indicted seven Russian agents -- the latest case of US rank-and-file officials taking to task despite Donald Trump's avowed affection for his Russian counterpart

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 00:50 IST