Nikki Haley says new sanctions coming on Russia

Sunday , April 15, 2018 - 8:55 AM

Carol Morello

(c) 2018, The Washington Post.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on Sunday said that more sanctions against Russia are coming this week, as early as Monday.

The remark came in a parenthical phrase during an interview on Fox News Sunday, as Haley blamed Russia for strains in its relationship with the United States. She said the administration has responded with a number of aggressive actions, such as “the sanctions continuing to happen, which you’ll see again on Monday. This lets them know that this not good behavior.”

Haley has been one of the strongest voices accusing Russia of enabling the Syrian government in its use of chemical weapons in the civil war that is now in its seventh year. Russia has vetoed at least six resolutions in the United Nations Security Council regarding chemical weapons. Haley and other Western diplomats have accused Russia of trying to protect the government of President Bashar al-Assad.”

The Trump administration has placed a series of sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, including ones last month targeting Russian oligarchs who are close to President Vladimir Putin. But the rollout of new sanctions is usually closely guarded, in part to prevent people subjected to sanctions from quickly moving their money around.

On Fox News, Haley also said the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria before three goals have been accomplished: defeating Islamic State militants, ensuring chemical weapons will not be used and maintaining the ability to watch Iran.

The aim, she said, is “to see American troops come home, but we are not going to leave until we know we have accomplished those things.”

She again slammed Russia for enabling the Syrian government to use chemical weapons without worrying about blowback at the United Nations.

“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,” she said. “We have to be conscious of the fact that we can’t allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons.”

Haley said President Donald Trump is prepared to strike Syria again if that happens, though she declined to say how the United States would respond to the use of conventional weapons.

“We of course know that our work in Syria is not done,” she said. “We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he’s going to use chemical weapons again. And should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go.”

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