'Senior Russian politicians and bosses of their spying network could have sanctions imposed on them within months following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.
The move comes as EU leaders are poised to agree a new chemical weapons sanction regime at a meeting.
The UK and France are pressing for the new system to be adopted at the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Luxemburg.
Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, along with a number of close allies will call for those responsible for the use and proliferation of chemical weapons to have assets frozen and travel bans imposed under the new regime.
He will also tell the FAC that plans for a new cyber-related sanctions regime must be sped up to try to tackle the growing menace of Russians targeting other countries’ computer networks.
Mr Hunt will thank eight foreign ministers at Chevening for their support in the effort to end the use of chemical weapons.
Ministers from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania will join Mr Hunt at his official residence, before heading to Luxembourg.
Mr Hunt said: “For years there has been an international taboo on the use of chemical weapons but that is at risk now after Syria and Salisbury. We now need to redraw the red line that says that for anyone using these horrific weapons the price will always be too high. These new sanctions are vital, but they are not the end of the story.”'
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