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Russia faces sanctions for Syria chemical attack


The US Treasury Department will announce fresh sanctions on Monday on Russia related to its involvement in Syria’s use of chemical weapons, US United Nations Ambassador Nikki
Haley said.
“Russian sanctions will be coming down, Secretary 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 said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” referring to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The US previously expelled Russian diplomats and sanctioned Russia for a suspected nerve-agent attack against a former spy in Britain and other actions. Syria has refused to negotiate, and it’s time for Russia, a Syrian ally, to make that happen because Russia can’t cover up anymore, Haley said.
While President Donald Trump declared “mission accomplished” on Twitter, after the US, France and the UK launched military strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack on civilians by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Haley said the US is not finished there.
“We of course know that our work in Syria is not done,” Haley said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We have to be very conscious of the fact that we can’t allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons.”
Haley declined to say whether there would be an automatic response because “we don’t know” what Assad will do. But Haley repeated a comment she made Saturday at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York that the US is “locked and loaded” and ready to punish Syria again if it continues using chemical weapons.
With Russia aiding Syria and the the US and Russia already embroiled over fights over sanctions, “this is a very strained time” between the two countries, Haley said on Fox.

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