Gold miners in the US have threatened to stop work on the mines they are working on if the US imposes new sanctions against Russia.
The miners say the US has imposed new sanctions on the country for its role in the annexation of Crimea and support for the Syrian government, which Russia says is responsible for the deadly chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 people on 21 August.
The move by the US to impose new sanctions is seen as a response to Moscow’s alleged involvement in the chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on 21 Aug. US President Donald Trump said in a statement that “this latest attack is unacceptable”.
Mr Trump said the US would retaliate by imposing new sanctions and urged Russia to return control of its “hostile infrastructure”.
“We are prepared to impose additional sanctions if Russia does not reverse its course and return control over its nuclear infrastructure to the United States,” Mr Trump said.
“We will also be considering additional sanctions against Russian entities involved in the transfer of chemical weapons to Syria, including arms dealers and financial institutions, and individuals and companies that facilitate the flow of chemical and biological weapons to the Syrian regime,” he said.US Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said the sanctions would hit US industries in the mining, energy, construction and agriculture sectors.
“The US is going to lose its place as the world’s largest producer of oil and gas,” he told MSNBC on Wednesday.
“They can’t go on like this.
They have to come up with some way of getting their own house in order.
We’re not going to be able to export oil and natural gas to China because China’s already exporting oil and [gas].”
He said Russia’s role in Syria was “one of the greatest threats to US interests” and warned the US could be “punished”.
“The more they attack us, the more we have to retaliate.
We have to be prepared to put our boots on the ground,” he added.
Senator Paul was among a handful of senators to announce their support for a resolution to block any further US sanctions against the country.
Senator Rand Paul on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of taking the US into “a new era of war”.
“In the wake of this latest attack, it is time for the US government to do what it said it would do, and impose new economic sanctions on Russia,” he tweeted.
“In doing so, it should be clear that we stand with the American people against the Kremlin’s aggression in Syria and Iran, and against Russian aggression and support of the Assad regime.”
Senator Rand Pausig said sanctions were not the way to go.
“I think this is a very dangerous move.
If this administration really wants to stop this aggression and stop the Russian support of Assad, they should step up their efforts in that area and we would be in a much better position to help them,” he argued.”
It’s also a way to create a climate of fear.
They are trying to intimidate Russia, which is exactly what Russia wants to do.”
That’s the problem with this whole new era in conflict.
We are going to have to use every tool at our disposal to try to bring the conflict to an end.