EU Ambassadors agreed on sanctions against four officers of Russia’s General Intelligence Department (GRU), including against two suspects of poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yuliya in Salisbury, as Radio Liberty correspondent Rikard Jozwiak reported on Twitter.
EU ambs have today agreed to sanction 4 GRU officers, including the two #Salisbury "tourists". 5 ppl from #Syria will also be listed. the sanctions will be approved by EU for mins on Mon & are the first under the new chemical weapons sanctions regime. #Russia #Ukraine— Rikard Jozwiak (@RikardJozwiak) January 16, 2019
As it was reported earlier, the United States Department of Treasury introduced sanctions against 18 Russians including the agents of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin (known as Petrov and Boshirov), suspected of poisoning ex-GRU agent Sergei Skripal.
Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in British Salisbury in March 2018. Theresa May, British PM, stated that Russia was responsible for that, and the investigation has confirmed the use of the Novichok nerve agent, produced in Russia.
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.
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.
As it was reported earlier, 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).