Thursday, 24 January, 2019

USA to announce more sanctions against Russian Federation

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Melinda Barton | 17 April, 2018, 00:45

On Sunday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said new sanctions would be announced on Monday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

The White House said today that it is considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation following a chemical weapons attack in Syria, but has not made a decision yet.

The White House on Monday said it was weighing fresh Russian Federation sanctions for Moscow's role supporting Syria's chemical weapons program, but officials cautioned that no decision has yet been made. "Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn't already".

Several people familiar with the plan told The Washington Post that Trump was "upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them".

"Our job was never to take Assad out", Haley said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"It's not something we're going to tolerate and they've got to make a decision", she added.

"If you look at what Russian Federation is doing, they continue to be involved with all the wrong actors, whether their involvement in Ukraine, whether you look at how they are supporting Venezuela, whether you look in Syria and their way of propping up Assad and working with Iran, that continues to be a problem", Haley said, adding that the use of a poisoning agent against a spy in England is "another issue".

"The president has been clear that he's going to be tough on Russian Federation, but at the same time he'd still like to have a good relationship with them", Sanders said. "I think they're feeling that".

Joint airstrikes were launched in Syria by the US, UK and France on Saturday as punishment for a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.

Members of Trump's administration have looked to push a more hawkish stance toward Russia, but Trump reportedly remains unconvinced and has told advisers he favors a more cooperative approach toward the Russian government. And it shouldn't just be us doing it.

"Everyone is going to feel it at this point", Ms Haley said, warning of consequences for Assad's foreign allies. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it".