Joaquin Castro Intros Bipartisan Sanctions Against Russia
Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced the sanctions against Russia during a Thursday pro forma session of the House. He was joined by fellow House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) -- Chairman of the U.S. delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. “The Russian government-sanctioned attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Officer Nick Bailey last month on British soil violated international law and indicates [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s growing aggression and disregard for international standards of conduct,” Turner and Castro said in a joint statement Friday. The Skripals were found unconscious on a park bench March 4th in Salisbury, England. Doctors and investigators discovered the poison used in the attack was Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists for use on NATO troops, and that Russia had sanctioned the attack, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the following week. Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, called the allegations against the Kremlin a “fake story” Thursday at a Security Council meeting. More here.