Ranking Member Deutch Statement on Russian Veto of UN Resolution on Syria
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement after Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution to investigate the most recent use of chemical weapons in Syria:
“This is now the 12th time Russia has used its veto in the Security Council to protect the ruthless Assad regime, and the sixth time Russia has blocked action specifically on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Once again, Russia restrains the Security Council from taking any meaningful action as it shields Assad from responsibility for orchestrating horrific war crimes and violations of international law.
“I thank our allies and partner nations who voted with the United States to establish an honest, unbiased investigation. Let’s be clear, Russia is to blame for the inability of the Security Council to live up to its responsibilities.
“The world must not stand idly by as these chemical weapons attacks become normalized. I continue to urge the U.S. Administration to establish a comprehensive Syrian strategy that addresses this and other atrocities committed by the Assad regime and its Iranian proxies, including barrel bombs, indiscriminate shelling of civilians, and the use of starvation as a means of war.”