Russian military support for the Assad regime has long been a main bone of contention between the two leaders. Then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE last year accused Russia of making the conflict much worse by shipping attack helicopters to Assad's forces, and this week Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelAfghan interpreter who helped rescue Biden: 'If they find me, they will kill me' Afghan interpreter who helped extract Biden, other senators in 2008 asks president to save him Democrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance MORE made waves when he said Syria relied on Russian technology for its chemical weapons program.
Russian obstruction at the United Nations Security Council has also infuriated the administration. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha PowerSamantha PowerUS to purchase 500M more vaccine doses for world How Trump broke the system that offers protection to Afghan allies Aid airlift underway to earthquake-striken Haiti MORE, on Thursday said Russia was holding the world body “hostage” and that the United States would act alone to preserve U.N. values.
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