US to sanc­tion Rus­sia over Syria

Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

US Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley has in­di­cated new eco­nomic sanc­tions will be an­nounced Mon­day against Rus­sia for en­abling the gov­ern­ment of Syr­ian leader Bashar As­sad to con­tinue us­ing chem­i­cal weapons.

The am­bas­sador to the UN said Rus­sia has blocked six at­tempts by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to make it eas­ier to in­ves­ti­gate the use of chem­i­cal weapons.

“Every­one is go­ing to feel it at this point,” Ha­ley said, warn­ing of con­se­quences for As­sad’s for­eign al­lies.

“The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will not al­low chem­i­cal weapons to come back into our ev­ery­day life,” she said in an in­ter­view aired Sun­day. “The fact he was mak­ing this more nor­mal and that Rus­sia was cov­er­ing this up, all that has got to stop.”

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Sun­day said a US-led mis­sile at­tack on Syria’s chem­i­cal weapons pro­gram was “per­fectly car­ried out.”

Trump tweeted “Mis­sion Ac­com­plished” on Satur­day af­ter US, French and Bri­tish war­planes and ships launched more than 100 mis­siles nearly un­op­posed by Syr­ian air de­fenses. While he de­clared suc­cess, the Pen­tagon said the pum­mel­ing of three chem­i­cal-re­lated fa­cil­i­ties left enough oth­ers in­tact to en­able the As­sad gov­ern­ment to use banned weapons against civil­ians if it chooses.

His choice of words re­called a sim­i­lar claim as­so­ci­ated with Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush fol­low­ing the US-led in­va­sion of Iraq. Bush ad­dressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 along­side a “Mis­sion Ac­com­plished” ban­ner, just weeks be­fore it be­came ap­par­ent that Iraqis had or­ga­nized an in­sur­gency that would tie down US forces for years.

Later Sun­day, Trump sent a let­ter to con­gres­sional lead­ers in­form­ing them in writ­ing of his de­ci­sion to or­der the strike. Un­der the War Pow­ers Res­o­lu­tion, the pres­i­dent must keep Congress in­formed of such ac­tions. /

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