U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley ripped Russia a new one Friday over their continued defense of Syria dictator Bashar al-Assad in face of a reported chemical weapons attack on civilians.
Haley let Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia know that she’s hip to the propaganda the diplomat was laying down, saying: “I’m in awe, Vassily, that you said what you said with a straight face. I really, really am.”
Haley’s remarks followed Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia, who said at Friday’s meeting of the Security Council “there’s no credible proof” of the chemical attack and Moscow believes “what took place was a provocation of certain countries intelligence services,” according to CNN.
The eye-to-eye counter from Haley broke from her prepared remarks. She went on to comment on Russia’s expressed concerns about “unilateral threats related to Syria.”
“What is strange is that Russia is ignoring the real threat to international peace and security that has brought us all here,” Haley told the body. “And it is ignoring its own unilateral responsibility for all of it.”
“What we should discuss today,” she added, “is the use of deadly chemical weapons to murder innocent Syrian civilians. That is one of the most blatant and grotesque violations of international law in the world today.”
As for Russia’s denial, Haley told reporter before the meeting that the U.S., France and the United Kingdom have confirmed that the attack took place.
“I will tell you that, first of all, did a chemical weapons attack happen? Yes,” she said, according to CNN. “The US has analyzed, yes it has happened. The UK has analyzed, yes, it has happened. And France has analyzed, yes, it has happened. Three countries.”
Haley presented with painstaking detail how Russia has stood up for Assad, enabling him to use these heinous weapons.
“If Russia had lived up to its commitment, there would be no chemical weapons in Syria and we would not be here today,” Amb. Haley said. “That is the Russian record of unilateralism. It is a record that has led to the trashing of all international standards against the use of chemical weapons. This meeting should not be about the so-called unilateral threats, it should be about the multiple actions Russia has taken to bring us to this point.”
In the end, while Haley said the U.S. has not decided on a course of action in response to the use of chemical weapons, she let Moscow know that no one’s buying the bill of goods they’re selling.
“Russia can complain all it wants about ‘fake news,’ but no one is buying its lies and cover-ups,” she insisted.
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