Commenting on a journalist’s question about the situation in Aleppo, Syria, and the support Russia rendered by government forces in Syria, a spokesman for the White house Josh Ernest said that the US does not rule out a possible expansion of sanctions. The recording of the press conference posted on the official White house channel on YouTube.
“We do not dismiss the possible extension of economic sanctions. Sanctions have proved to be an effective tool in support of our interests around the world. And we certainly do not rule out possible sanctions,” — said Ernest.
Press Secretary of the White house has said that Washington does not consider unilateral sanctions, and believes that sanctions should be applied in “close collaboration with partners to “increase their effect as much as possible.
“I would not preclude this action in this case”, — concluded the Ernest.
During the press conference, he also said that the White house holds Russia responsible for the situation with the humanitarian convoy of the UN, which came under fire near Aleppo a few days after reaching a truce deal in Syria. Ernest stressed that, regardless of, the forces of the Syrian government or the Russian VKS hitting the convoy, Russia is responsible for this, as she needs to hold back the forces of Syria.
Reports of renewed fighting in Aleppo, Syria began to arrive since last Thursday. The situation in Aleppo was devoted to an emergency meeting of the UN security Council on September 25. The US and Britain criticized Russia, and assigned to it the blame for the failure of the agreement on the ceasefire. In the Kremlin, the rhetoric of the US and the UK against Russia on Syria previously called unacceptable.
In respect of a number of Russian legal entities and individuals already operate the US sanctions imposed in 2014 after joining the Crimea to Russia and the aggravation of the situation in the South-East of Ukraine. These lists had been extended. The last time the list came under U.S. sanctions Russian companies was expanded in early September of this year. On 22 September the lower house of the U.S. Congress adopted the law on support of Ukraine, which provides for tougher sanctions against Russia. It included a paragraph about the operation of the act within five years from the date of its entry into force. To in force it must be approved by the Senate and signed by the President.