Haley: US to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Syria

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

"However that I presume we think it is astonishing, as do most folks, a nation which helped assemble the chemical weapons convention along with the worldwide non-proliferation regime, " which Russian Federation can now be clearly one of these rogue states which are looking to undo it", the ambassador explained.

Russian news agencies say a group of Russian lawmakers met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday.

"The US mission has not changed - the president has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC he hopes there is no need for more strikes in Syria, but that Britain and its allies will consider further action if Assad uses chemical weapons again.

Russia, that's an element of this P5 - the five permanent members of this U.N. Security Council - partnered with the U.S.at 2013, if the USA was conducting airstrikes on Syria, in an arrangement which called for Syria's chemical weapons stash to get eliminated by the center of 2014.

Joint airstrikes were launched in Syria by the US, UK and France on Saturday as punishment for a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

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In a televised interview Sunday night, French President Emmanuel Macron said the U.S., France and Britain had "full worldwide legitimacy to intervene" because they had gotten evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people and the airstrikes were enforcing global humanitarian law.

Haley declined to say how the US would respond if Syria uses conventional weapons.

According to the administration source, on March 24, Trump's aides explained to him that the USA "would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil", The Washington Post wrote.

Putin has spoken by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and they agreed the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria", a Kremlin statement said. Russian Federation claims that 71 of 103 missiles fired were shot down, although the Pentagon says that is not true.

"Assad knew that Russian Federation had its back, Assad knew that Russian Federation would cover for them at the United Nations, and Assad got reckless, and he used it in a way that was far more aggressive", Haley said on "Fox News Sunday".

A team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in Syria to investigate the Douma incident and was expected to visit the town. According to Damascus, which has repeatedly said it had eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles, the attack damaged Syrian infrastructure, and left three civilians injured. "Reports show a lot of care was taken not to hit Russian targets, which is a good sign and the market should take heart from that", said Salman Ahmed, chief investment strategist at Lombard Odier investment managers in London.

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