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March 13, 2018

How the UK could hit back at Russia over spy poisoning

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Economic sanctions. Asset and property seizures. A crackdown on money laundering.

The British government has a range of tools it can use to strike back at Moscow after the Kremlin was linked with the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday a “weapons grade nerve agent” developed by Russia had been used in the attack on Skripal and his daughter, who were found slumped on a bench last week in the sleepy cathedral town of Salisbury.

“Whatever action the UK takes, its impact will be greater if it’s coordinated with Western allies,” said Andrew Foxall, director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre at the The Henry Jackson Society.

But new sanctions could be a long shot: Building consensus within the EU can be a lengthy process, and there’s only a year to go before Britain leaves the bloc. Some EU members are likely to resist further sanctions on Russia for political or economic reasons.

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