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Mulling more sanctions on Russia: White House

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

"We are considering additional sanctions on and a decision will be made in the near future," said in a statement on Monday, reported.

The announcement came one day after a revealed that was preparing to roll out a new round of sanctions on as early as Monday for its support of the

Nikki Haley, to the United Nations, said on Sunday that new sanctions, if they were ready, will be announced on Monday by

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to (Syrian President) and use," Haley said.

The has already slapped two rounds of sanctions on in the past few weeks, citing their alleged interference in the 2016 US elections and the engagement in "malicious" cyber attacks.

Washington-ties kept deteriorating over the suspected attack in on April 7, as US accused Russia, along with Iran, for their support of the Assad administration in Syria, whom said should be responsible for the deadly incident.

The US, Britain and on Saturday launched missile strikes in Syrian capital and the central province of to retaliate for the Syrian government's alleged use of in a rebel-held district east of last week.

The has strongly denied the allegation, calling for the to send a fact-finding mission for investigations.

On Sunday, Russian and his Iranian counterpart condemned the airstrikes over phone, agreeing that the "illegal action seriously damages the prospects for a political settlement" in the war-torn country, according to a Kremlin statement.

"Putin in particular stressed that if such actions, carried out in violation of the UN Charter, continue, it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations," the statement said.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 05:40 IST