In response to the chemical weapons attacks in Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, addressed the U.N. Security Council. She described the images of the victims and the effects of these chemical weapons. She condemned the attacks and urged Russia and Iran to stop supporting the Bashar al-Assad regime.
Brooking Institute Senior Foreign Policy Fellow Alina Polyakova talked about U.S.-Russia relations and the role of Russia in the Syrian conflict. She spoke about the reasons why Russian is involved and what that means for the power dynamics in the region.
On April 6, 2017, President Trump announced U.S. air strikes on a Syrian military airfield, saying “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.” The airfield was suspected to be the location from which the Syrian military launched a chemical weapons attack against civilians earlier in the week.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley spoke about the use of chemical weapons in Syria’s ongoing civil war during a debate on the issue in the United Nations Security Council in New York City, condemning what she said were complicit actions by Russia and Iran that helped lead to the attack. Ambassador Haley also warned that continued inaction by the U.N. and its Security Council would lead to other nations taking unilateral action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.