The US is using its assistance to elected UN Security Council countries to counter Russia and China on Syria, said the US, permanent representative, to the UN Kelly Craft.
“We know that we, the UN Security Council, must involve (Syrian President Bashar) Assad to be held accountable. We also need to identify a disinformation campaign by Russia and China,” Kraft said, speaking at an online event at the Hudson Institute in Washington.
“In the Council, when discussing anything on Syria, we cannot take a single step without Russia and China trying to suppress the voices of other countries. We need to spend some time with these countries, talk to them about what the US is doing (in Syria), and what we are doing for their countries,” Kraft added.
“Countries like South Africa, Niger — I feel a responsibility to talk to them and emphasize what the US is doing for them and that they, the chosen ten countries, can do a lot to stand up to Russia and China,” Kraft concluded.
The US has, in the past, accused Russia and China of misinformation on many international issues, while Moscow and Beijing have denied this.
The UN Security Council consists of five permanent members with the right of veto-Russia, China, the United States, Great Britain, and France. The Council also consists of 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms. These are currently Belgium, Estonia, Germany, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, the Niger, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia, and Vietnam.