Publicado: Mar, Abril 17, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

White house: decision on new sanctions against Russian Federation still pending

White house: decision on new sanctions against Russian Federation still pending

Asked about Macron's comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stressed that Trump's plans for the region have not changed.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "will be announcing those [sanctions today], if he hasn't already", Haley said.

Another senior administration official said Haley had gotten a little bit ahead of herself by saying more sanctions were coming, but not by much.

She said Sunday that "our job was never to take Assad out" but to encourage a diplomatic settlement.

Swiss pumpmaker Sulzer, which was last week freed from U.S. sanctions related to its Russian investor Viktor Vekselberg, slipped 1.5 per cent. But it remained unclear how far he would go in trying to shape events in Syria, which has been racked by civil war for seven years. "Right now, they don't have very good friends, and right now, the friends that they do have are causing them harm".

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The president changed course after Russian Federation denounced the sanctions as "international economic raiding", The Washington Post reported.

Syria and Russian Federation have also denied that any chemical attack took place, and so far there has been no independent confirmation of civilian casualties.

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Russian Federation has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

The official said Trump was concerned that immediately imposing more sanctions, on the heels of last weekend's US -led strike against Russian-backed Assad, would interfere with his efforts to negotiate agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin on combating Islamic extremism, policing the internet and other issues. "Often we don't know about them".

European shares fell on Monday as investors awaited new USA sanctions on Russian Federation, while losses were limited as the market expected there would be no immediate military escalation in Syria following the weekend's American-led strike.

The top Stoxx gainer was Whitbread, up 6.2 per cent after U.S. activist investor Elliott Management said it now held the largest stake in the coffee-shop and hotel operator.

Trump's selection of words recalled a related claim associated with President George W. Bush after the US -led invasion of Iraq.

"We still have troops on the ground".

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Haley said that the United States would announce the new sanctions on Monday.

But others said it would be more rapid and more effective to await a span longer than just three days following the U.S., British and French infuriated Russian Federation with their missile strikes Syria on Friday.

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