With agency reports
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is getting set to announce the sanctions her government will impose on Russia after a former spy was poisoned in Salisbury, reports say.
Former double agent for MI6, Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found poisoned after being exposed to an unknown substance outside a shopping complex in Salisbury.
All suspicions point to Russia and calls are growing for Britain to hit Russia with heavy sanctions over alleged state-sponsored murder attempt on British soil.
One of the sanctions being proposed is for London to freeze the assets of UK-based oligarchs named by the US as being close to President Vladimir Putin.
The targets include Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich and Arsenal part-owner Alisher Usmanov.
In January, the US Treasury published a list of Mr Putin’s cronies as part of a sanctions aimed at punishing Russia for interfering in the US election.
The list included 114 senior figures in President Putin’s government and 96 oligarchs worth more than $1billion (£720million) each.
And at least five on the list have strong links to Britain, including Abramovich and Usmanov.
May may announce the sanctions as soon as Monday.