Russia vetoed a UN resolution Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation, triggering clashes between Moscow and the measure’s Western backers. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland issued a statement Wednesday saying Canada “deplored” Russia’s veto.
“This systematic obstruction at the UN callously ignores the suffering of Syrians and prevents the perpetrators of these horrifying atrocities from being held accountable.”She thanked all the countries who voted in favour of the resolution, as well as those that abstained.
“Canada urges Russia and Iran, as supporters of the Assad regime, to join with the international community in condemning this heinous and illegal use of chemical weapons,” Freeland said.