United State Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, knows that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used use of chemical weapons against the opposition. She was not shy about holding the Russian’s feet to the fire when he seemed to want to protect Asad. Once more, our Ambassador to the UN shows she has what it takes to represent a world power.
— Department of State (@StateDept) January 23, 2018
As Written and Reported By Joel Gehrke for the Washington Examiner:
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley battled Russian officials at the U.N. on Tuesday after the Trump administration accused Russia of turning a blind eye to new chemical attacks in Syria.
“We have nothing to hide,” Vasily Nebenzia, the Russian representative at the United Nations, insisted at a Security Council meeting that was convened quickly Tuesday afternoon after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denounced Russia.
Nebenzia cast doubt on the accuracy of the newest reports, while reiterating the Russian government’s position that past investigations into Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons had been corrupted by western powers.
The meeting took place as Tillerson and other allies gathered in France to launch a plan to investigate the attacks without going through the United Nations. He called instead for a “new international investigative body” to “rise above these differences” in reviewing the alleged incidents.
“Russia consistently underscores the importance of the most serious approach to the matter of production and use of chemical weapons,” Nebenzia said through a U.N. translator.
But Haley mocked the proposal as a “distract[ion]” from the French-led effort. “Russia should look in the mirror before bringing us into the security council to talk about chemical weapons,” she said. “When Russia doesn’t like the facts, they try and distract….2
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