U.S. Department of the State reported to the Congress, stating that Russia fails to observe the 1991 U.S. law on the ban of the military use of chemical and biological weapons. This will result in tough sanctions against the Kremlin, Heather Nauert, the authority spokeswoman said as quoted by Reuters.
'Today, the Department informed Congress we could not certify that the Russian Federation met the conditions required by the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991,' Nauert said. 'We intend to proceed in accordance with the terms of the CBW Act, which directs the implementation of additional sanctions'.
In August, the U.S. reported that a new sanctions package will be implemented, concerning the dual-use products and technologies. The restrictions are due to the attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
The U.S. pointed out that the Russian government has used chemical weapons in the breach of the international legal frameworks - and against its own citizens.
Previously, Washington warned Moscow that the restrictions would follow if Russia failed to provide guarantees on not using the chemical weaponry before the deadline on November 6. The U.S. decision to implement the sanctions might take effect by the end of the month.