The US should make Putin pay for his nerve agent assault


Nearly 5 months after Russia’s nerve-agent assault on British soil, Washington this week lastly got here up with a significant response: main new sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s regime.

The ache begins Aug. 22, with a broad ban on US exports of any expertise with a possible national-security use. And additional sanctions will kick in three months later except Russia agrees to cease all chemical-weapons use and permit inspections of its chem services.

As State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert put it, Washington has decided “that the government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law” within the assault that sickened former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia — who fortunately have each recovered.

Moscow nonetheless denies any involvement within the March four assault in Salisbury, England, and calls the US response “categorically unacceptable.” Cue the world’s smallest violin.

President Trump’s phrases (notably after his assembly with Putin final month) too typically go away the impression that he isn’t critical about dealing with down Moscow’s malevolence.

That makes it all of the extra vital that the administration’s actions converse loudly about America’s actual emotions.

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