President Donald Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russian Federation, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as "international economic raiding".
Ms Haley, speaking on television, suggested there were no plans to pare down the U.S. presence in Syria any time soon. "The president also wants the people in the region, our Gulf partners, to step up and do more, and he wants them to take on some of the financial responsibility of all of the military provided there in the region".
Asked whether there will be further strikes, Ms. Haley said that's "totally up to" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A source familiar with the matter told CBN News more than a dozen entities, including banks and equipment suppliers, are being looked at and at least several are expected to be sanctioned.
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Haley issued no clarifying statement Sunday after news organizations, including the Washington Post, reported prominently that the new sanctions would be announced Monday based on her comments to CBS.
Mr Trump has vowed that Syria's allies will pay a "big price" for facilitating the suspected use of poison gas.
The US, Britain and France on Saturday launched missile strikes in Syrian capital Damascus and the central province of Homs to retaliate for the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons in a rebel-held district east of Damascus last week.
"The president has been clear that he's going to be tough on Russian Federation".
"We had up until this point had six different resolutions that would have dealt with investigative mechanisms for chemical weapons, and Russian Federation had vetoed all of them", Haley told CBS on Sunday. The Russian vetoes have been one of the main irritants in Moscow's strained ties with Washington, with Western diplomats accusing Russia of trying to protect the Assad government.
The new sanctions concerned 17 Russian officials, businessmen, 12 private and 2 state companies.
According to The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources in the USA administration, President Donald Trump has ordered to postpone the introduction of new sanctions after a comprehensive discussion with his aides.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May faced criticism yesterday for bypassing Parliament to join the U.S. and France in Saturday's air strikes.
She said, "These strikes are about deterring the barbaric use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond". They believe that the US President is unlikely to approve additional restrictions for no reason.
"The president is going to continue to be tough on [Russia]", she said.