- US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced on Sunday that the US will imminently impose a new rounds of sanctions on Russia.
- This comes days after the US, Britain, and France conducted “precision strikes” in Syria on Friday in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.
- “Russian sanctions will be coming down,” Haley said during a CBS interview on Sunday.
US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced on Sunday that the US will imminently impose a new rounds of sanctions on Russia.
“Russian sanctions will be coming down,” Haley said during an interview on CBS’ “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.”
The announcement of new sanctions comes shortly after the US, Britain, and France conducted “precision strikes” in Syria on Friday in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed dozens, many of them children, in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was suspected of orchestrating a chlorine attack, which occurred on April 7.
Haley insisted in multiple interviews on Sunday that the US’s actions against the Syrian regime and its supporters, which include Russia, have been aggressive.
“I think everyone is going to feel it at this point,” she said on CBS. “I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it.”
Haley has been one of the administration’s sharpest critics of Russia, particularly with regard to its relationship with Syria. Russia has long backed the Assad regime and has repeatedly vetoed UN Security Council resolutions concerning chemical weapons.
“Assad knew that Russia had its back, Assad knew that Russia 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”. “We have to be conscious of the fact that we can’t allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons.”
This comes after the Trump administration announced another set of sanctions earlier this month on 24 wealthy Russians and government officials, as well as over a dozen Russian-controlled entities.
Those sanctions targeted seven Russian oligarchs and 17 senior government officials who are closely aligned with the Kremlin. The US also targeted 12 companies operated by the sanctioned oligarchs; Rosoboroneksport, a state-owned weapons manufacturer known to have transported arms to the Syrian regime; and Rosoboroneksport’s subsidiary, the Russian Financial Corporation Bank.
The actions were meant to target some of Russia’s wealthiest citizens, many of whom are closely linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) April 15, 2018
Sonam Sheth and David Choi contributed reporting.