White House: Russia has nothing to add to Syria debate in Congress

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“I don’t know that the Russians have anything to add to the debate in the United States given that we know where Russia stands on this issue,” Rhodes said in a press briefing from St. Petersburg, Russia, where President Obama is attending the G-20 summit. 

“They have continually supported Assad, no matter what the facts show, no matter what the regime does,” he added. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) both declined invitations from the delegation ahead of a vote to authorize a military strike on Syria after allegations of chemical weapons use. CBS News reported Friday that plans to send a delegation of lawmakers to Capitol Hill had been canceled after invitations were refused. 

According to reports, a Russian a delegation, including members of the upper and lower chambers of the Russian Parliament, intended to meet with Senate and House leaders of both political parties next week on Capitol Hill to argue in opposition to the resolution. 

The Kremlin has disputed U.S. intelligence reports that say Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against the people in his country.

But Russia has stalled efforts to pass a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

“So we don’t think — on the issue of chemical weapons, we don’t expect to have Russian cooperation,” Rhodes said.