February 06, 2018

Nikki Haley slams Russia over chemical weapons use in Syria

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: The National

Journalist Joyce Karam

Less than a week after the Trump administration floated a military option in response to chemical weapons use in Syria, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, slammed Russia and its “whitewashing” attempts on behalf of the Assad regime and its alleged use of such weapons.

Calling what is happening in Syria “a true tragedy”, and citing a “troubling pattern” with the latest news on Sunday of “victims of what appears to be chlorine gas are pouring into hospitals”, Ms Haley said that Russia was covering up for the Syrian government.

Speaking at a UN Security Council briefing on Monday, she said that Russia “wants to be able to cherry-pick the [UN] investigators ... to insert unnecessary and arbitrary investigative standards. This is not an impartial mechanism. It is a way to whitewash the findings of the last investigation that Russia desperately wants to bury.”

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...