Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

US Is Considering New Economic Sanctions On Russia

US Is Considering New Economic Sanctions On Russia

Russia's deputy foreign minister said the delay was due to US airstrikes.

In a televised interview Sunday night, French President Emmanuel Macron said the U.S., France and Britain had "full global legitimacy to intervene" because they had gotten evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people and the airstrikes were enforcing worldwide humanitarian law. They said Haley is one of the most disciplined and cautious members of the Cabinet, especially when it comes to her public appearances.

He reiterated that no chemical attack had happened in Douma.

Multiple experts say the strikes were carefully coordinated to avoid escalating the United States' role in the ongoing conflict.

A joint United Nations-OPCW mission concluded that troops under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons several times in recent years, including in a sarin attack a year ago in the town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed almost 100 people.

U.S., British and French forces pounded Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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The Russian Foreign Minister asked: "Why the USA and its allies had carried out air strikes the day before worldwide inspectors were due to arrive at the site?"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied that Moscow had interfered with any evidence: "I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site", he told the BBC in an interview.

"Chemical weapons were used on Syrian men, women, and children in #Douma".

Sergei Lavrov said: "I can guarantee that Russian Federation has not tampered with the site".

The OPCW team is tasked with determining whether banned substances were used in the Douma attack, a charge that both Syria and its ally Russian Federation vehemently denied. "Russia and Syria must co-operate".

She said, "These strikes are about deterring the barbaric use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond".

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Meanwhile, media reports noted that the United Kingdom government has confirmed a "20-fold" increase in disinformation being spread by Kremlin-linked social media "bot" accounts since the United Kingdom, US and France attacked Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure on Saturday. Haley said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Assad's alleged chemical weapons attack would be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. On Thursday, Russia's military said Douma has been brought under full control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces.

As the coming sanctions underscore, the United States will continue to bear down on Russa over its ongoing support of the Assad government and to prod it to rid Syria of chemical weapons, as Moscow committed to do in a 2013 agreement negotiated with the Obama administration.

An exterior view of the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at The Hague, The Netherlands.

At a meeting in Luxembourg, the 28 European Union foreign ministers endorsed the missile strikes and considered steps to deepen Assad's isolation.

The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago.

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