The U.S. State Department is to report to Congress till November 6 on Russia’s fulfillment of the condition of the law on chemical and bacteriological weapons. This report will influence the tightening of anti-Russian sanctions, as Robert Palladino, Deputy Press Secretary of State Department, told the journalists at the briefing, the website of the institution reported.
“Chemical and Biological Weapons Act mandates that the State Department certify to the Congress whether Russia has met conditions required by the law three months after the initial determination of the Skripal case. Now, that initial determination was made August 6th, and that takes us to November 6th, which is the certification deadline. So November 6th, that’s the deadline by which the Department of State must certify to the Congress that Russia has met the conditions in the Chemical and Biological Weapons Act. The conditions that we would have to certify are that Russia has ceased and assured that it will not use chemical weapons again, and that it has allowed international inspectors to verify those assurances. So have they taken the steps to get back into compliance is the issue. And if we can’t make such a certification, the State Department is required to impose a second round of sanctions after consultations with the Congress,” he said.
Reportedly, the U.S. imposed sanctions against Russia due to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yuliya in British Salisbury.