US Ambassador Nikki Haley to the United Nations has accused Russia of obstructing the adoption of a UN Security Council condemnation of alleged chlorine gas attacks in Syria.
Haley told the Security Council on Monday that there was “obvious evidence from dozens of victims” to corroborate the chlorine attacks in Eastern Ghouta.
“Now we have reports that the Assad regime has used chlorine gas against its people multiple times in recent weeks, including just yesterday,” Haley said, referring to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The United States has suggested a draft statement denouncing the use of chemical gases as a weapon but Russia called for the delay of its adoption, according to diplomats.
“Russia has delayed the adoption of this statement – a simple condemnation of Syrian children being suffocated by chlorine gas,” she said.
This is despite the fact that US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Friday that the United…