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She did not say why sanctions would be imposed but the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Sunday that the United States is preparing new sanctions on Russian Federation over its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, announced Sunday that the Trump administration was going to hit Russian Federation with new sanctions on Monday over its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program in the wake of the April 7 chemical attack in Douma, Syria, that killed dozens of people. At the time, she said that United States would announce on Monday, sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Syria's Assad's chemical weapons attack.

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While Haley's comments made sanctions seem imminent, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that "we are considering additional sanctions and a decision will be made in the near future". "We are evaluating but nothing to announce right now", she said.

Haley, speaking on CBS News' Face the Nation, suggested that there are no plans to pare down the USA presence in Syria anytime soon.


Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok on Monday has called for a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war and dismissed calls for further sanctions against Russian Federation. "And so I think everyone is going to feel it at this point", Haley said on the show. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that would tie down USA forces for years. "Mission accomplished!" he added.

Haley has been one of the strongest voices accusing Russian Federation of enabling the Syrian government in its use of chemical weapons in the civil war, which is now in its seventh year.

Adding to the complication is the lack of a Secretary of State after Rex Tillerson's departure, as well as President Donald Trump's desire to improve relations with Russian Federation.

She said troop withdrawal would come after three goals had been accomplished: defeating Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, ensuring chemical weapons will not be used, and maintaining the ability to watch Iran.

In his televised address from the White House on Friday, Trump said the USA was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends a pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

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