US Senator Menendez Urges Trump To Impose New Sanctions On Russia Over Skripal Case
Faizan Hashmi 3 days ago Fri 09th November 2018 | 10:56 PM
President Donald Trump should impose without delay a second round of sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, US Senator Robert Menendez in a statement on Friday.
"As the possibility of another meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin increases, I strongly urge the president to put in place the second round of sanctions required by US law for Russia's use of chemical weapons," Menendez said.
Menendez noted that the Trump administration notified Congress about Russia's failure to halt its use of chemical and biological weapons within the 90-day deadline under the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act.
Menendez, who is a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the time to act is now.
"In order to get serious about holding Russia accountable, the administration must follow the law and swiftly impose an impactful second round of sanctions to effectively deter further use of chemical weapons by the Kremlin," Menendez said.
Moscow has repeatedly denied involvement in the Skripal attack, saying the UK authorities have provided no evidence to back their allegations and have not cooperated with Russia in investigating the incident as per international law.