U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley publicly scolded Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday for vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the chemical attacks in Syria — and it was embarrassing.
The resolution would have condemned Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and launched an investigation into the horrific attack on Syrian civilians.
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Drafted by Britain, France and the United States, the resolution was 10 in favor, Russia and Bolivia. China, Kazakhstan, and Ethiopia abstained.
After the veto, Haley drew attention to the severity of the attack, recounting the instance of 22 members of a single family who died in consequence of the chemicals.
She then chided Putin for his complete lack of humanity and disregard of he value of human life.
“But with its veto Russia said no to accountability. Russia said no to cooperation with the U.N.’s independent investigation and Russia said no to a resolution that would have helped promote peace in Syria,” Haley said.
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“Russia once again has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, including the Arab world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn this murderous regime. Russia said this resolution was biased and the Assad regime was not involved. This resolution simply emphasized the information the regime is already required to provide investigators.”
Putin, who regularly suppresses and kills Russian journalists that speak out against him, isn’t used to that kind of rebuke.
And after chastising Russia for their unbelievable denial, Haley sent a stark warning to Assad.
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“The United States is watching your actions very closely. The days of your arrogance and disregard of humanity are over. Your excuses will no longer be heard. I suggest you look at this vote very carefully and heed this warning.”
The veto marks the eighth time Russia has done so on a Western-backed Syrian resolution, reflecting their close relationship with Assad, and a strong division in the U.N.
You can see the full speech below. It’s an incredible example of the strength of the Trump administration, Ambassador Haley… and America as a whole.
-The Horn News editorial team