Russia Meltdown at UN: 'Flagrant Violation of International Law'

"The 15-nation Security Council met for an emergency meeting yesterday on the situation in Syria following the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles by United States into the Shayrat Airbase as a response to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons from the base". Syrian military officials called the U.S. missile launch a blatant act of aggression.

"The consequences of this for regional and worldwide stability could be extremely serious", he told the UN Security Council. "It is time for all civilised nations to stop the horrors that are taking place in Syria and demand a political solution", she said. We don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there, " Haley said on CNN.

"In that regard, we are hopeful that we can work with Russian Federation and use their influence to achieve areas of stabilization throughout Syria and create the conditions for a political process through Geneva in which we can engage all of the parties on the way forward and it is through that political process that we believe the Syrian people will lawfully be able to decide the fate of Bashar al-Assad, " he added.

Washington and its allies, especially in London and Paris, are "obsessed" with a "paranoid idea" to overthrow the legitimate Syrian government, the Russian representative said.

"These (accusations) are not diplomatic". Nothing will be achieved. "All Arab countries recall your colonial hypocrisy", he said.

"Think of the consequences of what you've produced in the Middle East and how it affects the political process", the diplomat said, addressing the U.S. and representatives of the nations which expressed support for the missile strike.

Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Vladimir Safronkov blasted the missile strike on Syria - telling the UN Security Council on Friday the U.S. was took quick to blame President Bashar al-Assad for a chemical attack earlier in the week. "Russia is supposed to have removed all the chemical weapons from Syria, but obviously that has not happened", Haley said.

Safronkov said via a translator, "On the night of the 7th of April, the United States attacked the territory of sovereign Syria. Bashar al-Assad must never use chemical weapons again, ever", Haley said. The United States holds this month's presidency of the Security Council.

  • Joanne Flowers