The United Kingdom has imposed new sanctions on seven members of Russia’s federal security service after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a nerve agent.
The British Foreign Office said in a statement on Friday that it had “imposed a freeze on property and a travel ban” on those responsible for planning or carrying out Navalny’s poisoning.
“After Alexei Navalny’s horrific poisoning a year ago, the UK is leading the way in the international response to this outrageous behavior,” said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb.
“Through our Chemical Weapons Prohibition regime and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, we are sending a clear message that the use of chemical weapons by the Russian state violates international law and should open a transparent criminal investigation.” Complete presence of Novichok nerve agents.
In 2018, Novichok was the same neurotoxin used for two poisons in the western British city of Salisbury, for which he was convicted by Russian intelligence.
Recent sanctions are the second sanctions imposed by the United Kingdom on those charged in connection with the case. The US State Department has announced that Washington has teamed up with London to take further action against those involved.
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