Mulling more sanctions on Russia: White House

Haley: More sanctions against Russia coming Monday

White House considering additional sanctions on Russia after Syria gas attack

"We're evaluating, but nothing to announce right now", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday afternoon.

The sanctions are reportedly imminent and will target Russian companies that have helped the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad make and deploy chemical weapons like those that spurred the USA and its allies to launch more than 100 missiles at Syria over the weekend. According to her Steven Mnuchin, US Secretary of the Treasury was to announced them already on Monday.

Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok on Monday has called for a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war and dismissed calls for further sanctions against Russian Federation.

The US was considering imposing more sanctions on Russian Federation and the decision will be made "in the near future", White House has said.

An expectation for further sanctions, telegraphed as recently as Sunday by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, prompted some investors, including top Russian Federation debt holder Blackrock, concerned about reputational damage. She said the limited strikes were necessary to ease further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks.

"We're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things", she said.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said yesterday the government was discussing possible measures to support Russian companies hit by new USA sanctions, the RIA news agency said.

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She said that the restrictions would hit the companies that are allegedly "dealing with equipment related to Assad and any chemical weapons use".

"The president would still like to sit down with him, he feels like it's better for the world if they have a good relationship".

Assad has denied he used chemical weapons.

Mr Trump has vowed that Syria's allies will pay a "big price" for facilitating the suspected use of poison gas.

Sources said President Trump was upset by Nikki Haley's announcement. "Often we don't know about them".

The internal debate over further action against Russian Federation comes as Trump is without a permanent secretary of State and just a short time after his new national security adviser, John Bolton, formally started on the job.

The deputy foreign minister also said Russian politicians were discussing U.S. "abuse" of the dollar's status as the worldwide currency, RIA quoted Ryabkov as saying.

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