Ranking Member Deutch Slams Russian Veto of Syria Resolution at UN Security Council
Following Russia's veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn Syria's use of chemical weapons, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued this statement:
"Once again, Russia strong-armed the UN Security Council and abused its veto power in order to protect the criminal and ruthless dictator Assad. It is utterly despicable that Russia would block a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons - an actual war crime - and backing an investigation into the attack. Russia's blind defense of the Assad regime and this horrific attack on innocent men, women, and children is truly an affront to the most basic of humanity."
Last week, Congressman Deutch and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, wrote a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urging for a strong response by the Security Council to the horrific and criminal use of chemical weapons by Syria's Assad against innocent civilians.