- REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Russia vetoed a UN resolution condemning the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and urging a speedy investigation on Wednesday.
Wednesday marks the eigth time Moscow exercised a veto in support of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad since the Syrian conflict began six years ago. China abstained from the vote while Bolivia also voted against it, according to Reuters.
Earlier in the day, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the Russians are “isolating yourselves from the international community every time one of Assad’s planes drop another barrel bomb on civilians and every time Assad tries to starve another community to death.”
Russian diplomats urged patience and for the US and others not to rush to judgment over the April 4 chemical weapon attack that killed more than 80.