Russia says will not delay response to US sanctions- RIA

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

But Washington said Sunday it would impose further sanctions against Russian Federation on Monday over Moscow's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Asked about US-Russia relations, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said ties were "very strained" but that the United States still hoped for a better relationship.

While he declared success, the Pentagon said the pummelling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses. I think everyone is going to feel it at this point.

Referring to the airstrikes, Haley said: "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message".

The rouble and Russian shares have retreated this morning on the threat of fresh United States sanctions.

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

The bombings, hailed by US President Donald Trump as a success but denounced by Damascus and its allies as an act of aggression, marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russian Federation, whose Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called them "unacceptable and lawless".

Haley said the joint military strike "put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years" and reiterated that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded". "Reports show a lot of care was taken not to hit Russian targets, which is a good sign and the market should take heart from that", said Salman Ahmed, chief investment strategist at Lombard Odier investment managers in London.


Russia will not delay adopting legislation in response to new USA sanctions, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday, as the Russian ruble and shares in some of Russia's biggest companies continued to slide.

Haley said the three U.S. goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

Putin has spoken by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and they agreed the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria", a Kremlin statement said.

This comes after the Trump administration announced another set of sanctions earlier this month on 24 wealthy Russians and government officials, as well as over a dozen Russian-controlled entities.

Frank Benzimra, head of global markets for Asia Pacific at Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking, said stocks would plunge only in case of new strikes by Western powers.

French president Emmanuel Macron claimed on Sunday that his country convinced Donald Trump to keep an American presence in Syria.

"Assad knew that Russian Federation had its back, Assad knew that Russian Federation would cover for them at the United Nations, and Assad got reckless, and he used it in a way that was far more aggressive", Haley said on "Fox News Sunday".

Russian military police had been deployed in Douma, raising complaints from the Syrian opposition that evidence of chemical weapons use might no longer be found.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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