US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told CBS that Washington was preparing new sanctions on Russia over Moscow's support of the Syrian government, adding that the measures would be announced on Monday.
"And so I think everyone is going to feel it at this point. I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message and our hope is that they listen to it," Haley said, answering a question about potential US response to the Russian support to Syria.
In a separate interview with Fox News, Haley said that the United States was not going to pull out its troops out of Syria until its goals in the country were accomplished. She listed three main aims for the US: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that pose a risk to US interests, that Daesh* is defeated and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing, speaking on Fox News.
She said that Washington's main goal is "to see American troops come home," but it is not going to leave "until we know we have accomplished those things."
She went on to note that Washington will not hold direct talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and added that the US ties with Russia are "very strained," in part because of Syria, but the US still hopes for the better relationship.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump stated that he wants to get US troops out of Syria relatively soon, but that they would have to stay a little longer to helpfully defeat the Daesh terrorist group there.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the three countries fired over 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles, most of which were shot down by Syrian air defense. According to Damascus, which has repeatedly said it had eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles, the attack damaged Syrian infrastructure, and left three civilians injured.
*Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia