Pence to Russia: 'You're On the Wrong Side of History'
Speaking at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, Vice President Mike Pence warned Russia that it's "on the wrong side of history" following the allied bombing of Syrian weapons facilities.
His comments came as he was asked if he had a message for Moscow after the United States, United Kingdom and France joined forces to take out Syrian chemical weapons capabilities after a recent, lethal attack on civilians.
"You're known by the company you keep," he said. "It's time for Russia to get the message that President Trump delivered last night."
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— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 14, 2018
Pence said that Russia appears to have balked at a 2014 agreement the Kremlin made with then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
Kerry negotiated an agreement wherein the Assad regime in Syria would rid themselves of all of their chemical weapons, and Russia would be the "guarantor" of the deal - in Pence's words.
"Russia has been standing by, aiding and abetting this brutal [Assad] regime," he said, inviting the Kremlin to "join the family of nations" in opposing Assad's government and breaking from fellow Syrian ally Iran.
Pence added that he met with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kucyzinski - as well as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with whom he discussed NAFTA.
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