Washington is ready for further action in Syria, but hopes that it will not be necessary, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Friday.
“The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more. But we hope that will not be necessary,” Haley said at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria.
The US Ambassador to the UN also pointed out that the Iranian government is responsible for what is happening in Syria, as it has been supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for many years.
“Now, while the Syrian regime is responsible for the chemical weapons attack, it is not the only guilty party. The Iranian government bears a heavy responsibility. It has propped up and shielded Syria’s brutal dictator for years,” she said.
Haley also once again accused Russia of the situation in Syria, as it had not reacted to “crimes against humanity,” committed by the Syrian President.
“The Russian government also bears considerable responsibility. Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russia has stood beside him,” the US Ambassador said.
According to Haley, Russia’s support only strengthens the “Assad regime.”
At the same time, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, called on the US to stop its aggression in Syria and start to fight against terrorism.
On Friday, the UN Security Council held a special meeting in connection with a missile strike, carried out by the US on an airbase in Syria. The meeting was held in an open mode by a decision of the US, which is now the chairman of the UN Security Council.