UK considers Russia sanctions after Skripal poisoning

Theresa May.jpgFollowing a meeting of the Government’s National Security Council today, Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement to the House of Commons in relation to the poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer and MI6 informant Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The Prime Minister stated that “Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a military grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia”, and that the Government had concluded that it was “highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act”.

Theresa May said that should there be “no credible response” from Russia, “we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom, and I will come back to this House and set out the full range of measures that we will take in response.” It is reported that those measures would involve a number of financial and diplomatic sanctions against the Russian Federation.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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