Sergei Skripal

A year later, Trump adds to Russia sanctions for former spy poisoning

In this image, Trump walks by Putin and smiles at him.
President Trump looks at Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit. Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration has issued a second round of economic sanctions against Russia in connection with the March 2018 nerve agent poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

Why it matters: The administration was under bipartisan criticism from lawmakers in recent weeks. Many claimed the administration had delayed "legally mandated action to follow up on sanctions imposed last August," the NYT reports.

Netherlands expels Russian spies targeting chemical weapons watchdog

Powerpoint showing 4 Russian GRU officers
Dutch officials showing four suspected Russian GRU officers captured on an airport security camera. Photo: Bart Maat/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands has expelled four Russian military intelligence officers who were attempting to hack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a global watchdog investigating the Novichok poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England, reports the AP.

The details: Dutch authorities said the Russians were expelled from the country on April 13, the same day they were discovered in a hotel parking lot across the street from OPCW setting up a car full of spy equipment. A receipt shows the four men, who are also suspected of targeted the investigation into the 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash over Ukraine, took a taxi from the headquarters of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, to the Moscow airport.