US to impose new sanctions on Russia

Published: 16 April 2018 Image credit: AP Media

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The US has revealed plans to place new sanctions against Russian companies amid the ongoing crisis in Syria.

In an attempt to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, United Nations US Ambassador Nikki Haley hinted the sanctions to be announced on Monday would be aimed at sending a message to Russia, Syria's strongest backer.

Ms Haley said that Russia has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria and warned that President Assad's foreign allies would be affected.

“Everyone is going to feel it at this point,” she said.

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Image: British Ambassador Karen Pierce (left) and US Ambassador Nikki Haley

US President Donald Trump hailed the weekend's joint US, British and French airstrikes targeting Syrian chemical related locations as “Mission accomplished,” but Ms Haley said the US' involvement is not over until it has accomplished its goals.

America will not withdraw its 2000 troops from Syria until Islamic State is defeated, to make sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm US national interests, she said.

“The international community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life."

President Assad denies he has used chemical weapons and claims there was no evidence to trigger the recent missile attacks.

Russia and Iran have claimed the recent airstrikes were a “military crime” and Russia has labelled them act as an act of “aggression”.

The details of the US sanctions on Russia will be announced on Monday, US time.