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Trump 'still considering' new sanctions against Russia

Trump 'still considering' new sanctions against Russia
From Al Jazeera - April 17, 2018

US President Donald Trump has paused a new round of sanctions that were set to be imposed against Russia over its support for the Syrian government's chemical weapons programme.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that a decision on fresh sanctions had not been made yet, contradicting an earlier announcement by US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley who said new sanctions would likely be announced early this week.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down," Haley told CBS news programme Face the Nation on Sunday.

"[The sanctions] will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use," she added.

But Sanders said the White House was still "considering additional sanctions", with a decision to be made "in the near future".

She added later in the day that "the president has been clear that he's going to be tough on Russia, but at the same time he'd still like to have a good relationship with them".

Suspected chemical weapons attack

The proposed sanctions would have been part of a range of punitive measures imposed by the Trump administration in the wake of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta, Syria that killed dozens on April 7.

Early on Saturday, the United States, the UK and France launched missile attacks on facilities believed to be used to research, develop and store chemical weapons inside Syria.

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