A Russian draft resolution to condemn the United States and its allies over the Syria airstrike on Saturday failed in the United Nations Security Council after just two countries voted in favor of it.
The resolution, which would have condemned America along with France and the United Kingdom for striking alleged chemical weapons facilities one week after the Assad regime allegedly perpetrated a chemical attack against its own citizens, failed in spectacular fashion when only China and Bolivia expressed support for it, Reuters reported.
Meeting hours after 105 missiles were fired at the facilities from naval vessels and airplanes, the 15-member Security Council dealt a resounding defeat to Russia’s diplomatic efforts to condemn the United States and its allies for the attack.
“Why didn’t you wait for the outcome of the investigation you called for?” Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., told the Security Council after the vote.
He also said that the United States, along with France and the United Kingdom, were “demonstrating a blatant disregard for international law.”
“I hope hot heads will cool down and that will be it,” Nebenzia told reporters, apparently temporarily forgetting the fact that the only threat of conflict came if his nation decided to retaliate.
Nebenzia also accused the United States and its allies of “illegal military adventure” and “hooliganism in international relations,” according to Fox News.
“You are constantly tempted by neo-colonialism,” he said. “You have nothing but disdain for the U.N. Charter and the Security Council which you are unjustifiably trying to use for your illicit aims.”
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, meanwhile, warned both the Syrians and the Russians that further chemical attacks by the Assad regime would meet with a similar response.
“We are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program. We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will,” Haley said. “If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded,” she continued.
During Haley’s speech, she also took a jab at the former administration: “When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line.”
Russia’s performance before the Security Council seemed particularly pathetic, especially given the fact that Nebenzia seemed to cast doubt upon the fact that Assad had even perpetrated the attack and that the West merely fabricated the incident because they really wanted to fire a bunch of missiles at Syrian targets or something — a typically Infowars-y move from the Kremlin’s apparatchik to the United Nations.
Haley dismissed this kind of talk out of hand.
President Trump and his administration haven’t ruled out another attack if the Assad regime continues to gas its own people. If Russia was hoping to stop retribution in the case of future attacks at the United Nations, Saturday made one thing quite clear: That wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.
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