Vladimir Safronkov, Russia’s deputy envoy to the UN, said some members of the Security Council were behaving “irresponsibly” and “offensively” as Moscow blocked a Western-led effort to condemn last week’s deadly sarin gas attack in Syria.
British representative Matthew Rycroft had accused Russia of supporting "a murderous, barbaric criminal” – Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
The pair clashed at the UN Security Council meeting in New York
Don’t turn away your eyes! Look at me! Why are you averting your eyes?
Mr Rycroft also said the deadly sarin nerve gas had been found at the site of last week’s attack, which sparked worldwide condemnation and led to President Trump launching a missile strike on a Syrian airfield.
In response, Mr Safronkov raged at the British diplomat as fears of escalating international tensions continue to grow.
He said: “His [Rycroft’s] address shows only that he intends to hamper [UN Syria special envoy Staffan] De Mistura’s efforts to resolve the crisis, and to bring confrontation and enmity to the Security Council.
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“You lose sleep over the fact that we might work together with the US. You are scared, and you do everything to undermine it.”
When it appeared Mr Rycroft may not have been listening to the Russian envoy’s statement, Mr Safronkov attacked the Briton.
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He said: “Don’t turn away your eyes! Look at me! Why are you averting your eyes?”
“Some of the members of the Security Council are treating their chance to participate irresponsibly, and offensively, resorting to unbecoming language. Don’t you date insult Russia!”
Relations between Russia and the international community have suffered considerably in recent days, with President Trump suggesting ties between Moscow and Washington were at an “all time low”.
Donald Trump has admitted that relations with Russia are at an 'all time low'
Speaking alongside UN Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a joint press conference, he said: "Right now we are not getting along with Russia at all – we may be at an all time low.
"Russia is a strong country. The US is a very strong country.
"We are going to see how that all works out."