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US hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

AFP  |  Washington 

The said today it was imposing new sanctions on Russia, as it accused the government in of using a "lethal" in an attempted in Britain.

The State Department said the sanctions were in response to "the use of a 'Novichok' in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal" -- a former Russian double agent -- and his daughter in March.

"The government of the Russian Federation has used or biological weapons in violation of international law," State Department said in a statement.

The new sanctions, details of which were not released, were to take effect following a 15-day Congressional notification period, she said.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 01:35 IST