UN ambassador Nikki Haley says new sanctions will be imposed on Russia over chemical weapons use in Syria

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States would place new sanctions on Russia following last week’s deadly chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

“Russian sanctions will be coming down. Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday if he hasn’t already, and they will be going directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use,” Haley told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

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

The sanctions, according to Haley, are meant to punish the Kremlin for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime following a chemical weapons attack on civilians, including women and children, in Syria last week.

 

President Donald Trump’s administration has condemned Russia publicly for backing Assad’s regime before the attack and, later, for its attempts to “cover-up” the incident, though both Assad and Russia claim they were not involved.

The U.S., France, and the United Kingdom launched joint preemptive airstrikes at three targets in Syria on Friday. The targets of the attack were locations important to Assad’s chemical weapons program.

Earlier on Sunday, Haley warned that the United States could be the victim of a similar chemical weapons attack if preventative measures were not taken.

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