The United States stands in absolute solidarity with Great Britain. The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military grade nerve agent. This is not an isolated incident. The assassination attempt in Salisbury is part of an alarming increase in the use of chemical weapons.
The Russians complained recently that we criticize them too much. If the Russian government stopped using chemical weapons to assassinate its enemies, and if the Russian government stopped helping its Syrian ally to use chemical weapons to kill Syrian children. And if Russia cooperated with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons by turning over all information related to this nerve agent, we would stop talking about them.
We take no pleasure in having to constantly criticize Russia, but we need Russia to stop giving us so many reasons to do so. The credibility of this council will not survive if we fail to hold Russia accountable.