Monday, 16 July, 2018

United States to hit Russian Federation with new sanctions for aiding Assad

US To Announce New Economic Sanctions On Russia Nikki Haley warns US chemical weapons attack 'could easily happen' here
Deanna Wagner | 17 April, 2018, 10:34

The decision on new sanctions against Russian Federation, related to the Syrian crisis, is still pending, declared the press Secretary of the White house Sarah Sanders.

The White House scrambled Monday to walk back U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's weekend announcement that new economic sanctions against Russian Federation are imminent, but stressed the penalties are still being considered.

The Trump administration has signalled that it will impose new sanctions as soon as this week on Russian Federation for supporting the Syrian regime as it allegedly conducted a deadly chemical attack against its own people.

Haley also said Russian Federation has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

President Trump on Monday overruled ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, delaying new sanctions against Russian Federation that she had announced only a day before.

Asked whether there will be further strikes, Ms. Haley said that's "totally up to" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "She'll usually talk to the president without the rest of the White House and get her remarks cleared directly", said the administration official.

That much information was made known in statement issued by the White House with reports suggesting that the USA government has not made a decision on the matter yet.

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The official said Trump was concerned that immediately imposing more sanctions, on the heels of last weekend's USA -led strike against Russian-backed Assad, would interfere with his efforts to negotiate agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin on combating Islamic extremism, policing the internet and other issues. "And that's why we're continuing to evaluate a number of sanctions". "But at the same time, he'd still like to have a good relationship with them".

Assad has denied he used chemical weapons.

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"We're still committed to defeating ISIS", Sanders said on Monday.

"Everyone is going to feel it at this point", Haley said, warning of consequences for Assad's foreign allies.

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".