Nikki Haley slams Russia for protecting Assad from United Nations investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria

Nikki Haley.
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On Tuesday, Russia used its veto power to block a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have expanded the investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria, The Associated Press reports.

In April, an estimated 90 or more people were killed in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria in what was likely a sarin gas attack. The United States has blamed the Syrian military for the attack, although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied the charges. Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia tried to postpone the United Nations vote until after the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) reported on who it found responsible for the attack. JIM's report is expected on Oct. 26; its mandate would expire mid-November.

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