U.S. President Donald Trump imposed fresh sanctions on Russia over its alleged involvement in an attempt to fatally poison former spy Sergei Skripal in the U.K. last year, The New York Times reported.
Under an executive order signed Aug. 1, the Trump administration blocked loans and other assistance to Russia by international financial institutions, the report said. Trump also ordered a ban on most loans from U.S. banks to the Russian government.
The move comes after the top Democrat and Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee on July 29 submitted a letter to the White House urging the administration to "take immediate action to hold Russia fully accountable for its blatant use of a chemical weapon in Europe."
In August 2018, the U.S. government determined that Russia had "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals" following the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter. Russia has denied involvement in the attack.