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Russia 'will not delay' in response to US sanctions: Deputy FM

Russia 'will not delay' in response to US sanctions: Deputy FM
From Al Jazeera - April 16, 2018

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said Moscow will not delay its response to new US sanctions, according to Russian state news agency RIA.

Ryabkov's comments on Monday came in response to remarks madeby Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, who said on Sunday that Washington will impose new economic sanctions onRussiafor their support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Ryabkov said that Russia's lower house of parliament is considering legislation that would give the Kremlin the power to restrict US imports, RIA reported.

The deputy foreign minister also said Russian politicians were discussing US "abuse" of the dollar's status as the international currency, RIA quoted Ryabkov as saying.

Syrian government forces are suspected of using chemical weapons on rebel-held Douma on April 7 - an allegation that Syria's Assad denies.

The US, France and the UK respondedto the suspected attack by launching missiles on Saturday that they said targeted Syrian chemical weapons production facilities. Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the US-led strikes as "an act of aggression" that will only worsen the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

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