Adar Press - Agencies

The United States on Saturday imposed a new set of sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Scrippel in British Salisbury in 2018.

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagos said in a statement Washington would oppose any "loan or technical assistance to Russia" from international financial institutions and would impose restrictions that would bar US banks from financing sovereign debt.

The United States will also impose restrictions on exports of goods and technology to Russia, Ortagos said.

 These measures, taken under a US law dating back to 1991 on the elimination of chemical and biological weapons, will come into effect within the "19 August" period after reporting to the Congress.

Russian intelligence agents were accused of poisoning Scrippal and his daughter in the English city in March last year with nerve gas Nuvichuk, developed during the Soviet era.

The attack in Salisbury was the first chemical weapons attack in Europe since the Second World War. It sparked international outrage and caused the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Western countries.

Moscow denies any role in poisoning, has offered many different interpretations and has been charged in return.

Scrippal, a former Russian military intelligence officer, was sentenced to prison in 2006 for "treason" before being released in a spying deal between Moscow, London and Washington.

Translation: Adar Press.