Rycroft claims that Russia killed Syrian children with its vetoes, and warns that Moscow shouldn't try to veto again
The UN Security Council meeting aimed at taking down Assad (again) has begun — and it's just what you would expect.
France opened the speech-making marathon with some tired clichés ("who won't condemn those who have killed women and children in the worst conditions and made them suffer terribly? What are we waiting for?" — a question which was aimed at Russia).
But the UK's comments were on a different level.
Matthew Rycroft claims that Russia killed Syrian children with its vetoes, and warns that Moscow shouldn't try to veto again.
According to Rycroft, Russia's Security Council vetoes are responsible for the deaths of men, women and children in Syria: "Who believes that these [Russian] vetoes have no baring on the lives of men, women and children?"
The UK ambassador added: "If Russia wants to restore its credibility, it must join us in condemning Assad. Let me close by asking Russia: what is your plan? We had a plan, and you rejected it to support Assad. It's time to stop blocking, and start helping...If Russia falls back on its old ways, the UK will continue to seek justice for victims of chemical weapons attacks."
The UK also says that Assad "humiliated" Russia, and argues that "Assad's" chemical weapons attack was a poor way to repay Russia for "destroying" Aleppo.
Stay classy, UK.
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