Samantha Power, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, strongly criticized Russia on Thursday in her first extensive public remarks about Syria, accusing the Kremlin of holding the Security Council hostage by blocking even modest efforts to condemn the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.
Power said Russia’s actions signaled there was “no viable path forward in the Security Council.”
Appearing before the U.N. press corps outside the Security Council, Power said the United States had been briefing other member states on its intelligence assessment about an attack in the Damascus suburbs Aug. 21. The assessment concluded that banned chemical munitions had been used and that the forces of President Bashar Assad were responsible.
The Obama administration says more than 1,400 civilians were killed in the strike, including more than 400 children. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.