Haley: 'Weak day for Russia, doomsday for Assad' after UN Syria resolution blocked

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told Russian diplomats Wednesday "It is long past time for Russia to stop covering for Assad. It is long past time Russia to push seriously for peace and not continue to be part of the problem." (CNN/UNTV)

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, didn't pull her punches Wednesday in response to Russia vetoing a UN resolution condemning the reported use of chemical weapons in northern Syria, and demanding a speedy investigation.

The former South Carolina governor said on her Twitter account Wednesday night, "after today's vote to hold Syria accountable it's a strong day for the US, a weak day for Russia, a new day for China & doomsday for Assad."

The resolution was drafted by Britain, France and the United States. Ten countries voted in favor of it, while Russia and Bolivia voted against it. China, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia did not vote.

The resolution included a paragraph to which the Russians objected. It would've required Syria's to provide investigators with flight plans and information about air operations on April 4, the day the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun was attacked.

The resolution also demanded names of helicopter squadron commanders, and immediate access to air bases where they believe the attack may have been launched.

Earlier Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Russia that it is isolating itself by not taking action against Syrian president Bashar al Assad.

"It is long past time for Russia to stop covering for Assad ... and to push for peace," Haley said. "We can start by working together to de-escalate the conflict."

For Russia, she said, "getting serious about peace starts by fulfilling its commitment to get chemical weapons out of Syria."

Haley also urged the council to take action against Iran, calling the country "Assad's chief accomplice."

"Iran is dumping fuel on the flames of this war in Syria so it can expand its own reach," she said.

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