New Russia sanctions coming Monday, Haley says

- April 15, 2018

The Trump administration is set to roll out more sanctions against Russia on Monday in the wake of the latest U.S. airstrikes on Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down," she said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn't already, and they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use," Haley explained.

"I think everyone is going to feel it at this point. I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message and our hope is that they listen to it," she said.

Russia, which is helping the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country's years-long civil war, has condemned the airstrikes carried out Friday by the U.S. and its allies and called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

Both Moscow and Damascus have brushed off the reports of a new gas attack and accused Washington of making up the event as an excuse for the strikes.

Haley said the airstrikes were intended "to send a strong message that they needed to stop the chemical weapons program."

"We wanted their friends Iran and Russia to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well," she added. "Our goal was to send a very strong message to Assad and his friends that we are not going to watch them continue to use chemical weapons on their people."


 

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