Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

US signals new sanctions for Russia

US signals new sanctions for Russia

Halley also announced USA plans to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation over Syria, in addition to existing ones over Ukraine and meddling in US elections.

"Russian sanctions will be coming down". "And they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

"So I think everyone is going to feel it at this point".

"We wanted to send a strong message that they needed to stop the chemical weapons program", she added.

Haley lashed out at Russian Federation during a fiery meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, promising the United States was ready for another strike if Assad crossed the chemical weapons "red line" in the future.

The remark came in a parenthetical phrase during an interview on Fox News Sunday, as Haley blamed Russian Federation for strains in its relationship with the United States.

"Everything that has strained the relationship is on Russia's side", she said, adding that the USA hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but that "we're not going to put up with bad behavior to get it".

The aim, she said, is "to see American troops come home, but we are not going to leave until we know we have accomplished those things". The Trump administration has placed a series of sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, including ones last month targeting Russian oligarchs who are close to President Vladimir Putin. The Treasury Department does not comment on pending sanctions. Three chemical weapons facilities in Syria were struck, although other chemical weapon facilities were left untouched.

Sanders said the United States and coalition forces "went out to destroy critical chemical weapons infrastructure in Syria, and they did exactly that".

Macron, appearing on television in Paris, suggested that he had played a key role in persuading Trump both to act in Syria and to stabilize the region long-term.

The U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched military strikes Friday night on what the Pentagon said were three Syrian chlorine and sarin gas research facilities, in response to a suspected chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad. "We have to be conscious of the fact that we can't allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons".

"It's not moving near as fast as any of us want it to move, but this is a political process that needs to happen", she said.

Asked whether there will be further strikes, Ms. Haley said that's "totally up to" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"What I can tell you is the president has made it very clear that when it comes to weapons of mass destruction, we have no tolerance for it", Haley said.

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