Nikki Haley, the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, didn’t let her Russian counterpart off the hook after he suggested that foreign intelligence services faked last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria.
“I’m in awe, Vasily, of how you say what you say with a straight face,” Haley told Vasily Nebenzya who serves as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
“We have weighty justification to believe … that what took place was a provocation of certain countries intelligence services,” Nebenzya said at the United Nations on Friday.
Watch Haley’s response below:
Haley pointed the finger back at Nebenzya, claiming that his country should focus on its own role in Syria rather than alleged unilateral threats it cited.
“What is strange is that Russia is ignoring the real threat to international peace and security that has brought us all here. And it is ignoring its own unilateral responsibility for all of it,” she said.
Haley further accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its own people, an act she described as “one of the most blatant and grotesque violations of international law in the world today.”
Haley isn’t shy about tying Russia to Syria’s actions. Earlier this week, she said that Russia’s hands were “covered in blood” after the attack.
“We must not overlook Russia and Iran’s roles in enabling the Assad regime’s murderous destruction,” she said.