Haley: US to impose new Russia sanctions over Syria

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

United States' Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday the Trump administration will announce more sanctions against Russian Federation on Monday.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", Haley said.

"I say to the foreign secretary, I say to the prime minister, where is the legal basis for this?"

The United States, Britain and France launched airstrikes Friday night against Syrian research, storage and military sites after the Assad regime was blamed for a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians. It is still unclear how effective the strikes will be against Syria's regime.

Haley went on to say Russian Federation is continuing to be involved with the "wrong actors" adding U.S. - Russian Federation relations are "very strained".

President Trump had said "mission accomplished" on Twitter after the strikes, though US Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie at the Pentagon acknowledged elements of the program remain and he could not guarantee that Syria would be unable to conduct a chemical attack in the future.

The latests strikes suggest that Trump may have reset America's red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons.

The limited strikes were deplored by the Syrian opposition, which saw the West as lacking an global strategy for dealing with the civil war. That's the last thing the President wanted was war. "This was not muscle flexing". All three participants insisted the strikes were not aimed at toppling President Bashar al-Assad or intervening in the conflict.

"For the Syrian people, whether the government or rebels, war is never a solution", said Mercho, "nobody wins in war". As for Russian Federation, which has been the worldwide guarantor of Syria's commitment to destroy its chemical weapons, it simply didn't need the headache of the past week. But he said neither Trump nor the American people appear to have an appetite for a more involved military campaign in Syria.

"We haven't said that we're going to bring them home in six months".

The Pentagon said no further action was planned but Washington´s envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned that the USA was "locked and loaded" should another gas attack occur.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he had persuaded Trump to commit long-term to Syria. "If you ever call me again I'm going to tell you I'm ashamed of you", Jones said.

President Trump has not yet responded to Eid's "beer summit" invitation.

Russian Foreign Ministry official Vladimir Ermakov said Washington would want to maintain a dialogue with Moscow about strategic stability after the raids, Russian media reported.

When asked whether the UK had communicated with Russian Federation ahead of the strikes, May said: "This is not something that the United Kingdom has been involved in".

An AP reporter who went to the Center for Scientific Research on the northeastern edge of Damascus found the three-story building nearly completely destroyed and still smoking hours after it was hit.

Russia, a key ally and backer of the Assad regime, has branded the military action "illegal".

A day after the bombardment, Assad appeared briefly on state TV and told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that the USA and its allies were spreading "lies and misinformation" against Syria.

"In the United States administration there are specific people who it is possible to talk with", said Ermakov, head of the ministry's department for non-proliferation and arms control.

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the [United Nations] Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in global relations", the Russian government said in a statement obtained by the news agency.

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