McCain says Russia shares responsibility for Syrian attacks on civilians

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) released a statement on Thursday accusing the Russian government of supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after it vetoed a U.N. Security Council statement concerning air attacks on innocent Syrian civilians.

"It is very disturbing to learn that the Russian government has rejected another U.N. Security Council statement condemning the Syrian government's attacks on schools, markets, and hospitals in the city of Aleppo with Scud missiles and crude cluster munitions, which have caused the deaths of more than 700 people in the past few weeks," McCain said. "This is the second time in less than a month that the Russia government has stymied efforts in the U.N. Security Council to condemn the Syrian government's indiscriminate air attacks against innocent men, women and children."

McCain also said that the Russian government is supplying weapons to the Assad regime in Syria to help it maintain power in the nation.

"Incredibly, the Russian government continues to aid the Assad regime by providing the equipment and conventional weapons that are being used to commit acts such as these against the Syrian people, including innocent civilians," McCain said.

McCain said the Russian government's actions cause the country to share responsibility for the crimes committed against the innocent people of Syria.

"Such actions clearly indicate that Russia shares responsibility for the perpetuation of violence in Syria, and is certainly not a reliable partner in efforts to peacefully resolve the Syrian conflict," McCain said. "Today's vote in the Security Council is ample evidence of Russia's commitment to maintaining President Bashar al-Assad in power."