Russia is trying to conceal its involvement in the chemical attack in Idlib province, Syria, which killed dozens of people. Nikki Haley, the U.S. permanent representative in the UN, said this in her interview with CNN on Wednesday.
‘I think that if you look at the fact that when this information came out, they were so quick to defend. They didn't look shocked, they didn't look surprised. They were so quick to defend. And then the evidence comes out and we see exactly what it is. And we know exactly what the environment was. I think they're nervous, I think that they very much feel as if they've been weakened by Assad's actions and their cover up. They realize the international community didn't buy it and is not buying it. And they now have to figure out how to save face. We're giving them all the options to save face,’ Haley said.
The U.S.-Russia relations worsened after the said chemical attack in Syria and the retaliatory missile strike landed by the U.S. Navy on Shayrat Airbase in Homs province, Syria. Russia assessed the U.S. strike as an act of aggression and support of terrorism; the White House said these measures were necessary to provide security.