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Skripal's case: U.S. prepares package of anti-Russian sanctions

New sanctions are a part of the expanded strategy towards Russia
15:37, 16 May 2019

Deputy Secretary of State Andrea Thompson
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The U.S. State Department finished preparation of the second package of sanctions on Skripal’s case. The documents were passed to Mike Pompeo, the U.S. State Secretary, and Donald Trump, the U.S. President, as Deputy Secretary of State Andrea Thompson said during the hearing in the Senate.

She stressed that the new sanctions are a part of an extended strategy towards Russia.

The second package of sanctions might include a full ban on the export of American products to Russia and limits to the import of Russian goods to the U.S. Besides, reduction of the level of diplomatic relationships and ban on air transportation by state companies.

Related: Skripal case: British MPs outraged by absence of anti-Russian sanctions

As we reported earlier, former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yuliya might be dead, as the press office of Russia’s Embassy to the UK reported.

The representatives of the establishment added that nobody saw Skripal since March 4 last year. Yuliya gave a video message in May 2018.

Reportedly, the Crown Prosecution Service of the U.K. called the names of the suspects in the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The police suspect Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. They are accused of the poisoning of Skripals, a police officer who participated in the investigation, and two U.K. citizens in Amesbury. 

Related: U.S. prepares new sanctions against Russia for Skripal’s poisoning, - Bloomberg

Later it was reported that there could be four more suspects in the Skripal case, apart from Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whose names were revealed by the British counter-intelligence. 

One of the suspects of poisoning Sergey Skripal in British Salisbury, Russian Ruslan Boshirov turned out to be Anatoliy Chepiga, the Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia (GRU)

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