The so-called reset button, which was touted as improving relations between Russia and the United States, by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seems to be getting yet a another reset. Russia, a staunch ally of the Assad regime in Syria, has accused the United States of a double standard in regards to its Syria foreign policy.
The US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to condemn
the attack. Russia said that they see the US veto as a serious tendency to undermine unconditional condemnation of all terrorist attacks.
We believe this is double standards. We ... see in it a very dangerous tendency by our American colleagues to depart from the fundamental principle of unconditional condemnation of any terrorist act, a principle which secures the unity of the international community in the fight against terrorism, said Sergei Lagrov, Russia's foreign minister.
Lagrov's statement is ironic since Russia has used the UN Security Council [/url vetoes to protect President Assad from three consecutive resolutions aimed at putting pressure on him to end the conflict, which date back to early 2011.
The conflict to date has killed more than 70,000 people and hundred of thousands have fled to neighboring countries, putting pressure UN aid agencies to cope with the situation. If Russia and the US could ever get on the same page on Syria, the conflict would end quickly.
The US and NATO were quick to get involved in the removal of Libya's Gaddafi, but Syria is much more complicated. Both Russia and the US have interests in the region, including an important sea port for Russia in Syria.