According to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the recent chemical attack in Syria is “in large measure a failure on Russia’s part to achieve its commitment to the international community.”
During a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Tillerson said, “I’m disappointed, because I think the real failure here has been Russia’s failure to live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements that were entered into in 2013 — both by the Syrian government and by Russia as the guarantor to play the role in Syria of securing chemical weapons, destroying the chemical weapons and continuing to monitor that situation.”
Last week’s missile strike on a Syrian military air base was done in retaliation for the recent chemical attack in northern Syria which killed civilians and children. The U.S. is blaming the attack on the administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has denied any involvement.
Tillerson noted that the U.S. is asking Russia to fulfill its commitment, and they’re ordering Assad to “cease the use of these weapons.”
“I hope Russia is thinking carefully about its continued alliance with Bashar al-Assad,” said Tillerson, adding, “because every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility.”
You can watch a portion of the interview below:
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