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Russia Clashes With U.S. at UN Over Escalating Violence in Syria

Russia Clashes With U.S. at UN Over Escalating Violence in Syria

Nikki Haley, Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations Headquarters listens during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria at UN headquarters in New York, on Feb. 14.

The U.S. and Russia clashed Tuesday in the United Nations Security Council over the latest fighting in Syria, as the secretary-general’s special envoy said this was the most “violent, worrying and dangerous” moment in the past four years.

All parties must “de-escalate immediately and unconditionally,” Staffan de Mistura told the Security Council, urging Russia, Iran and Turkey to use their influence to reduce violence.

“We are on the brink of dangerous and worrying escalation of violence,” de Mistura said.

“We can’t offer support for peace on the one hand and ignore the fact that the chief sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East and its terrorist militia are digging in,” Haley told the council, also blaming Russia for failing to control the violence.

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