On Wednesday, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley addressed Russia directly for its relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. She then promised that the United States would consider taking its own action in response to a deadly chemical attack in Syria. Haley also said that Russia “shielded Assad from proposed U.N. regulations” when they voted against imposing sanctions on Syria for its use of chemical warfare.
A day later, President Trump launched an airstrike against a Syrian airfield.
Deputy Russian U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov condemned the attack as a violation of international law in front of the UN body Friday.
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“Don’t even try to get into fights in the Arab world,” he warned. “Nothing will work and nothing will be achieved.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin also condemned the attack. “President Putin regards the American attacks on Syria as aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law, and under a far-fetched pretext,” read a statement from the Kremlin.