The Trump government has informed Congress that Russia has failed to meet a series of requirements that Moscow needs to circumvent a second round of US sanctions on the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain.
The development, announced Tuesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the House of Foreign Affairs, means that a new tranche of sanctions against Russia will automatically enter into force under a 1991 law on the disposal of chemical and biological weapons. relations with Russia probably still time of high tensions.
In a statement, US Department of State spokesman Heather Nauert said that the department "consults Congress on the next steps" as required by law.
Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) The policy of Randall RoyceTrump says that the Congress Moscow has started new sanctions. It is time to acknowledge the service of the Sino-US WWII veterans with the gold medal of the Congress. Trump has to deal with the election day on Russia MORE (R-Calif.) Said that the administration did not give Congress details of what the sanctions would imply, or a timetable on when they would be imposed, which he criticized as "unacceptable".
"Nobody will be surprised that Vladimir Putin refuses to renounce the future use of nerve agents for weapons It is unacceptable that the administration lacks a plan – or even a timeline – for action in the second round of mandatory sanctions required by US law, "Royce, who is retiring at the end of this congress, said in a statement Tuesday.
"In recent years, Russia has been dealing with a pattern of shameless poisonings – including the attack of the nerve cells on March 14 at the bottom of the UK," Royce said. "The Trump administration must act quickly to maintain its own determination, and hesitation only encourages more Russian aggression."
Under pressure from Congress, the Trump government announced new sanctions against Russia in August due to the use of a naval agent of military quality in an unsuccessful murder plan against ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last March.
The most damaging sanctions imposed by the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 blocked the export of sensitive national security goods to Russia.
A second set of sanctions is automatically activated three months later if the administration does not state to Congress that Russia meets a number of strict conditions, including demonstrating that it no longer uses biological or chemical weapons that are in violation of international legislation and those inspections by the United Nations. are facilities to prove it.
The Trump administration saw a deadline Tuesday to inform Congress about whether Moscow had fulfilled the conditions of the law.
In the run-up to the November 6 deadline, it was generally assumed that Moscow, which denied any involvement in Skripal poisoning, would not comply with the terms of the law.
The administration must choose three of a group of six categories of sanctions under the law. The options include further restrictions on US exports to Russia; import restrictions; a suspension of diplomatic relations with Moscow; a suspension of air travel to and from the United States by airlines owned by the Russian government; and sanctions that prevent Russia from receiving multilateral development bank assistance or US bank loans.
"The Department is consulting with Congress on the next steps as required 90 days after the first adoption on 6 August 2018," Nauert said Tuesday. "We intend to act in accordance with the provisions of the CBW Act, which directs the execution of additional sanctions."
It will probably take several weeks for the new sanctions to take effect after the details have been announced, as was the case when officials announced the first round of penalties in August.
Developments are likely to aggravate the tensions between the United States and Moscow, which are already running high President TrumpDonald John TrumpMidterms: The winners and losers GOP Rep Mike Bost wins re-election in Illinois Sisolak becomes the first Dem to win the Nevada governors race since 1994 MOREThe decision to withdraw from a decades-old nuclear weapons treaty with Russia and Moscow's involvement in the 2016 elections.
Relations with Russia have deteriorated, despite Trump's wish to establish better ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The two leaders would meet in the margins of the Armistice Day in Paris on 11 November, but Trump doubted that Monday and said instead that they would meet at the top of the 20 Group in Argentina at the end of November.