Nikki Haley: Russia Is "Involved With All The Wrong Actors" Around The World

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United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley condemns Russia for its role supporting U.S. foes around the world.

"Look at what Russia is doing," she said. "They continue to be involved with all the wrong actors. I mean, whether it’s their involvement in Ukraine, whether you look at how they are supporting Maduro in Venezuela, whether you look in Syria and their way of propping up Assad and working with Iran, that continues to be a problem."

She added: "There is multiple issues we have with Russia right now and what they're doing, whether it's the chemical weapons use in Great Britain. That was another issue."





"The international community is telling Russia that either you make a decision on how you act and when you act, or the rest of us will make a decision in isolating you."

Full interview:



WALLACE: One area where there has been a dramatic escalation in the last week has been in the direct verbal attacks by the administration on Russian President Putin. Here is a tweet from President Trump this week: President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing animal Assad.

And here you are at the U.N.

HALEY: History will record that on this day, Russia chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people.

WALLACE: Ambassador, has our relationship with Putin and Russia changed this week?

HALEY: Well, I think it's been changing over time. This is a very strained time between the United States and Russia. I mean, if you look at what Russia is doing, they continue to be involved with all the wrong actors. I mean, whether it’s their involvement in Ukraine, whether you look at how they are supporting Maduro in Venezuela, whether you look in Syria and their way of propping up Assad and working with Iran, that continues to be a problem.

There is multiple issues we have with Russia right now and what they're doing, whether it's the chemical weapons use in Great Britain. That was another issue.

So, what we're doing is we’re letting Russia know this is not something that we want to be a part of. It’s not something we're going to tolerate and they’ve got to make a decision. Right now, they don't have very good friends, and right now, the friends that they do have are causing them harm.

I think they're feeling that, whether it's been with the fact that we've sanctioned just recently the Russian oligarchs which made their stock market plummet, whether it’s the fact that we gave arms to Ukraine, which makes them realize that their life is about to get harder in that region, whether it’s us sending 60 spies home to let them know that we’re not going to put up with you using a chemical agent anywhere, or whether the sanctions that are continuing to happen which you'll see again on Monday. That lets them know this is not good behavior.

So, everything that has strained this relationship has been on the side of Russia. The military strikes did not have to happen if Russia had not covered for Assad. Six times, they vetoed chemical weapons resolutions related to Syria and this last resolution that they had they only had three votes out of 15.

The international community is telling Russia that either you make a decision on how you act and when you act, or the rest of us will make a decision in isolating you.

WALLACE: So, in 15 seconds, how would you characterize U.S. relations with Putin and Russia right now?

HALEY: Very strained right now. But our hope is always to make sure we can get a better relationship with Russia. It’s in our best national interest to do that. But we’re not going to put up bad behavior to get it.

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