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The UK will not be able to enter against Russia sanctions in connection with the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, to the completion of Brexit. It is reported by The Telegraph, citing British security Minister Ben Wallace.
As explained Wallace, we are talking about in may adopted the “Magnitsky amendment”. According to the Minister, once the law on sanctions, part of which is the amendment cannot enter into force until the UK leaves the EU. The Minister noted that in future the law will allow the UK to create new, separate from Brussels, the mechanism of sanctions.
At the same time, Wallace did not specify what exactly is meant by the completion of Brexit: the official withdrawal of Britain from the EU, which is scheduled for March 2019, or the end of the transition period, which is expected to last until 31 December 2020.
Thus, the newspaper notes, the use of sanctions mechanism may be postponed for a maximum of two years, which has caused discontent in the ruling Conservative party, who advocated its adoption.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia was poisoned in British Salisbury in March of this year. The British government claimed that a former GRU Colonel, was attacked with nerve agents of the Novice class, developed in the USSR. In this regard, the country had been expelled dozens of Russian diplomats. Moscow has done likewise, stressing unfounded nature of the charges. Later, the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) was unable to confirm the origin of the toxin.
The bill on sanctions was adopted in the UK in may. On the idea of its authors, it should provide London the opportunity to determine their own sanctions policy, irrespective of the position of the countries of the European Union. Included in the bill “Magnitsky amendment”, in particular, will allow Britain to freeze the assets and deny entry to corrupt officials and violators of human rights.
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