SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON RUSSIAN VETO OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL STATEMENT CONDEMNING ASSAD REGIME’S INDISCRIMINATE AIR ATTACKS AGAINST INNOCENT SYRIAN CIVILIANS
Jan 09 2014
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the Russian government’s veto of a U.N. Security Council statement condemning the Assad regime’s indiscriminate air attacks on innocent Syrian men, women and children:
“It is very disturbing to learn that the Russian government has rejected another U.N. Security Council statement condemning the Syrian government’s attacks on schools, markets, and hospitals in the city of Aleppo with Scud missiles and crude cluster munitions, which have caused the deaths of more than 700 people in the past few weeks. This is the second time in less than a month that the Russia government has stymied efforts in the U.N. Security Council to condemn the Syrian government’s indiscriminate air attacks against innocent men, women and children. Incredibly, the Russian government continues to aid the Assad regime by providing the equipment and conventional weapons that are being used to commit acts such as these against the Syrian people, including innocent civilians.
“Such actions clearly indicate that Russia shares responsibility for the perpetuation of violence in Syria, and is certainly not a reliable partner in efforts to peacefully resolve the Syrian conflict. Today’s vote in the Security Council is ample evidence of Russia’s commitment to maintaining President Bashar al-Assad in power.”