US Preparing New Sanctions against Syria

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Washington is preparing new sanctions against Syria.

US Preparing New Sanctions against Syria

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Photo: CNBC)

In the near future, the US will announce additional sanctions against Syria, a number of media reported, citing US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“The United States is preparing economic sanctions against Syria,” Mnuchin said.

Meanwhile, the Hill newspaper reported that leader of the Republican majority in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell is ready to support introduction of new sanctions against Russia.

“If [the administration] feel they need additional sanctions, or we can come up with something that seems to enjoy bipartisan support, I’d be open to it,” McConnell said, when he was asked if he would support additional sanctions on Russia.

The senator added that he intends to discuss the issue with chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Bob Corker.

“I think it’s certainly good that the administration’s not lifted any of the existing sanctions,” McConnell said. “The Russians are not our friends. I think they’ve demonstrated that over and over and over again.”

As it was reported, on Friday night, the US fired the Tomahawk missiles on an air base, located in the Syrian province of Homs in the western part of the Arab country. This was the first direct attack of the US against positions of the Syrian government and the most radical military decision of US President Donald Trump since his inauguration.

Due to the incident, Russia refused to comply with the Memorandum of Understanding, which regulates work of Russian and US aircraft in the sky over Syria.

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