A new batch of US sanctions against Russia will prohibit issuing loans to Moscow, as well as exports of weapons and dual-use products. The sanctions package is expected to come into force on August 27. The unpublished document by the State Department was uploaded to the Federal Register website on Friday for “public inspection.”

The new restrictions have been imposed on the pretext of alleged Russian involvement in poisoning of the Skripals in the UK back in March, which London promptly pinned on Moscow but is yet to produce any evidence to back up its claims.

The notice from the US Federal Register squarely accuses Moscow of using “chemical weapons in violation of international law or lethal chemical weapons against its own nationals,” and imposes new restrictions on Russia.

The sanctions package includes:

…the prohibition of foreign assistance to Russia under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, except for “urgent humanitarian assistance.” It also prohibits exports of weapons and dual-use products to Moscow. The sanctions also deny Russia “any credit, credit guarantees, or other financial assistance by any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States Government, including the Export-Import Bank of the United States.”

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