Shortly after Republican Senator Rand Paul said that he hand delivered a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin from President Trump, and that he was “honored” to do so, the State Department released an urgent letter saying that Russia had violated international law by using chemical weapons.
Here was the release put out titled under “Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia:
“Following use of the “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2019, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.
Following a 15-day Congressional notification period, these sanctions will take effect upon publication of a notice in the Federal Register, expected on or around August 22, 2018.”
JUST IN from State Dept's Heather Nauert: "the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law…" pic.twitter.com/Bn6yF1qZQT
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) August 8, 2018
While Senator Paul’s letter sounded good for international relations, the timing was all wrong. Just six hours after his tweet, the world got wind of Russia’s latest actions.
In light of the sanctions news, Russia’s currency, the ruble, suffered its worst day against the U.S. dollar since April, reported CNBC,
Skripal, was a former Russian spy who became a double agent for the United Kindgom. The latest reports say that he and his daughter remain in fatal condition after being poisoned by Russia.
President Donald Trump has yet to come out and condemn the attacks. Secretary Mike Pompeo is the one who reportedly approved of the press release.
This is still a developing story. Please check back for updates.