On Wednesday, April 12, Russia vetoed a United Nations’ Security Council Resolution that denounced Syria’s use of chemical weapons on its people. The resolution also required that the Syrian Government would allow an investigation to be conducted regarding the attack. Although ten of the Security Council’s members expressed their approval, the resolution nevertheless failed to pass. The countries of France, Britain and the United States drafted the failed resolution (UN News Centre).
Lambasting Russia for their veto at the United Nations (U.N.), U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley stated that the “obvious truth” is that “Assad [Syria’s President], Russia and Iran have no interest in peace.” Haley went on to ask: “how many more children have to die before Russia cares?”
Russia’s veto follows their denunciation of the recent U.S airstrike on Syria. Russia had characterized the U.S. airstrike as an act of “aggression” and as a “violation of international law” (as cited in CBSNews, 2017, para. 1).
Earlier this month, President Trump ordered for the firing of “59 Tomahawk cruise missiles” at the Al Shayrat Airfield in Syria (Starr & Diamond, 2017, para. 2) The airfield had served as the base for the planes to conduct the Sarin gas attack on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun. According to Fox News, the chemical attack had left 87 individuals dead. These victims included children.