WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Russia should not be allowed to host the 2018 World Cup.
“I urge you to reconsider the decision to host the 2018 World Cup in Russia,” Blumenthal wrote in a letter to the president of the Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Wednesday.
“The government of the host nation, led by Vladimir Putin, has taken repeated actions completely inconsistent with the humanitarian values of FIFA,” he added.
Russia has provided substantial military aid to the brutal regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Assad two weeks ago ordered a chemical weapons attack that resulted in the deaths of almost 100 civilians.
President Donald Trump in response ordered a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air force base that had been used to store the weapons.
Russia condemned the strike as “Trumped-up” and last week continued its six-year trend of vetoing United Nations Security Council Resolutions aimed at holding Assad accountable for what many consider to be war crimes.
The Trump administration has warned the Syrian dictator that additional airstrikes may follow if chemical weapons are used again.
Russia continues to face scrutiny due to Congressional investigations into Moscow’s attempts to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Both the House and Senate Intelligence committees are trying to ascertain the veracity of allegations suggesting ties between members of the Trump campaign and high-ranking Russian officials.