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>> The US imposing new sanctions on Russia for the attack on a former Russian agent in Britain. Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok in March, both survived. The first round of sanctioned announced Wednesday are said to take effect this month, and could be followed quickly with more.
Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason.>> Is these sanctions could be increased quite dramatically, I mean the word that the State Department used was more draconian sanctions going forward in 90 days. If Russia does not make reliable assurances that it won't use chemical weapons going forward, and if Russia doesn't allow inspections by the UN.
So the likelihood of that happening given the fact that Russia's denying that they did this seems low. So the likelihood that the sanctions will increase seems pretty high.>> The news came hours after Republican Senator Rand Paul said, he had delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladamir Putin proposing cooperation.
And less than a month after Trump and Putin met face to face in Helsinki when Trump failed to publicly call out Putin for the nerve gas attack.>> President Trump had a chance in Helsinki to say that the United States does not accept these malignant actions that Russia is responsible for.
In fact, President Trump's advisors were using that very term before the summit, President Trump did not use that term when I asked him, do you hold Russia responsible for anything? What would you consider them, that they are responsible for?>> Yes, I do, I hold both countries responsible, I think that the United States has been foolish.
I think we've all been foolish, we should have had this dialogue a long time ago.>> He used that answer to basically blame the United States for the decline in US Russia relations.>> Last week Trump's national security team said Russia is behind pervasive attempts to interfere in the November midterm elections, rejecting denials that Putin made directly to Trump.
>> President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.