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United States weighing additional sanctions on Russian Federation

17 April 2018
United States weighing additional sanctions on Russian Federation

Amidst its deteriorating relations with Russian Federation over the expulsion of diplomats and conducting joint missile strikes in Syria, the Donald Trump administration is considering the imposition of fresh economic sanctions against the Kremlin for supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against his own countrymen.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said Moscow will not delay its response to new USA sanctions, according to Russian state news agency RIA.

Haley told U.S. media that sanctions could come as early as Monday.

With an announcement seemingly imminent, officials at the Departments of State and Treasury referred queries back to the White House, while others indicated a Monday announcement was now unlikely. At the time, she said that United States would announce on Monday, sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Syria's Assad's chemical weapons attack.

Washington has vowed new sanctions against Russian Federation for supporting Syrian government.

"But our goal is not to start war".

Trump reportedly lashed out at aides after the U.S. expelled 60 Russian diplomats last month, and he is also said to have told aides not to speak publicly about tough measures against Russia that he approves because he does not want to upset Putin. They said Trump hadn't ruled out new sanctions, but had no intention of imposing any at this time.

The U.S.is expected to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation following the suspected chemical attack in Syria that left more than 40 people dead and hundreds injured.

A source familiar with the matter told CBN News more than a dozen entities, including banks and equipment suppliers, are being looked at and at least several are expected to be sanctioned. "Right now, they don't have very good friends, and right now, the friends that they do have are causing them harm". "Often we don't know about them".

President Donald Trump has halted the implementation of new Russian sanctions, just one day after United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said that new sanctions were coming, according to The Washington Post.

In an official statement the ministry said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria, it said, "crossed all possible red lines" adding, "Those responsible for use of chemical weapons against civil population, including children, must be held accountable". They need to do more. I think everyone is going to feel it at this point.

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".