The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering additional economic sanctions on Russia over Moscow’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus, according to the White House.
“We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Monday.
However, Sanders did not say why more sanctions would be imposed and said the Trump administration has not made a decision yet on the financial penalties.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Sunday that Washington was preparing new sanctions on Moscow over its support of the Syrian government.
Haley also said the United States would not pull American troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.
She listed three goals for the US: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that pose a risk to…