Nikki Haley the US Ambassador to the United Nations has warned that the United States “is prepared to do more” in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons and delivered a sharp rebuke to Russia for its support of the Syrian regime.
“The United States took a very measured step last night,” Haley said. “We are prepared to do more. But we hope that will not be necessary. It is time for all civilized nations to stop the horrors that are taking place in Syria and demand a political solution.”
She made this statement at a special UN session one day after the US military struck an airbase that served as home base for the Syrian planes that conducted the chemical attack of civilians, including children, earlier in the week.
Haley also slammed Russia saying “Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russia has stood beside him”. The council meeting took place as the United States and allies press for a resolution condemning the Assad regime for the bombing. Russia is likely to veto the resolution.
She also went ahead to say Russia “bears considerable responsibility” for Assad’s use of chemical weapons. “The joint investigative mechanism has found beyond any doubt that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people multiple times”.
The US strike was the first direct military action taken by the US against the Assad regime in the country’s six year civil war.
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