Haley let Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia know that she's hip to the propaganda the diplomat was laying down, saying: "I'm in awe, Vassily, that you said what you said with a straight face". Both the Syrian government and the Kremlin, which backs Assad, have denied such a chemical attack took place.
Friday's meetings marked the second consecutive day the U.N. Security Council met to discuss the possibility of military strikes on Syria, almost a week after an alleged chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb spiraled into an worldwide incident.
US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Friday that President Donald Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria", days after the president appeared to warn of a looming military strike in the country.
Haley continued to say that the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, which is led by Bashar al-Assad, constitutes "one of the most blatant and grotesque violations of global law in the world today".
However, the United States, United Kingdom and France have all expressed confidence that chlorine gas and a nerve agent were used in Saturday's attack - and that Assad's forces were behind it. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"
"Russia can complain all at wants about 'fake news, '" Haley added, "but no one is buying its lies and cover-ups".
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Russia's foreign minister claimed the suspected attack was staged by a country with an anti-Russia agenda.
The president then again referenced a potential strike against Assad in Syria on Thursday, but declined to lay out a timeline for the military maneuver. "And it is ignoring its own unilateral responsibility for all of it".
For one, it could intensify an already devastating civil war and lead to further casualties. "It is Russian Federation alone that killed the joint investigative mechanism which allowed the world to ensure accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria".
U.S. Ambassaodr to the U.N. Nikki Haley addresses a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on April 13, 2018.
Haley also hammered Moscow at the United Nations for supporting Assad despite the multiple reported chemical weapons attacks on civilians in the country that worldwide watchdogs have attributed to his government.
On Friday, Haley slammed Russian Federation for vetoing United Nations condemnation of Assad's use of chemical weapons, protecting his regime and failing to guarantee the removal of chemical weapons from Syria. "We call on the leadership of these states to immediately reconsider".