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>> US President Donald Trump delayed further sanctions against Moscow on Monday, walking back from UN Ambassador Nikki Haley's comments on Sunday, suggesting more Russia sanctions were coming. That's according to a senior administration official who told Reuters Trump is unlikely to take action unless provoked by further cyber attacks or other moves by Russia.
The decision's backed by concerns that new sanctions could jeopardize efforts to coordinate with Moscow on resolving other issues. At a time when tensions between the two countries are at their highest since the Cold War. Reports of the delay came just a day after Hailey said more sanctions were coming to punish Russia's support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
>> Russian sanctions will be coming down, Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn't already. And they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use.>> The Kremlin reacted harshly to Hayley's comments on Tuesday, saying they considered further sanctions illegal.
> Of course, this has nothing to do with the situation in Syria, or any other country in the world. I would say it's nothing more than an international asset grab.>> Haley's office has declined to comment on the matter. On Monday, the administration also accused Russia of being behind a global cyber attack on routers and other networks.