The Trump administration will punish the Kremlin for supporting Assad’s brutality, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced on Sunday.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the Trump administration will announce new sanctions on Russia on Monday, in retaliation for Moscow’s support of the Assad regime.
“Are there any consequences for Assad’s patrons, Russia and Iran, who continue to protect him?” CBS’s Margaret Brennan asked.
“Russian sanctions will be coming down,” Haley responded, saying Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will announce those on Monday.
The sanctions will hit “any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use,” she said.
This comes after a suspected chemical attack killed 80 Syrian people in a town held by anti-Assad rebels last week.
Both the Syrian government and its ally Russia have denied involvement in the chemical attack, which occurred in the Syrian town of Douma and is believed to have killed dozens of civilians. Moscow has suggested that allegations over the attack are false, as well as claiming it was coordinated by Britain. The US and France have both said they have proof Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was behind the chemical weapon use.