Russia continues to protect Assad, vetoes UN resolution

Russia has vetoed another UN resolution against the Syrian regime in order to protect its ally Bashar al-Assad following the chemical attack in Idlib. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the relationship between Moscow and Washington is “at a low point.”
Assad and Putin Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

On Wednesday night, Russia vetoed another UN Security Council resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and forcing Bashar al-Assad’s regime to cooperate with the international investigators who have been appointed to review the Idlib attack. China, which in the past has vetoed several resolutions regarding Syria along with Russia, decided to abstain from last night’s vote.

During a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Donald Trump thanked the member states for supporting America’s proposal to condemn the Syrian regime following the Idlib attack. Trump added that he discussed with Stoltenberg additional steps to improve the bloc’s fight against terrorism in Syria and around the world.

Trump said during the meeting that NATO is “no longer obsolete,” reversing his election campaign stance on the bloc, which had alarmed some of America’s closest allies in Europe.  

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday evening. Tillerson said that America believes that Assad’s reign is “coming to an end” and that he expects Russia to help the Syrian president understand this. During his unexpected meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tillerson said that the relationship between Moscow and Washington is “at a low point.”

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