Ecuador attempted to introduce a resolution to promote breastfeeding at the UN-affiliated World Health Assembly.
The U.S. delegation stunned officials by threatening trade action and aid removal if Ecuador didn’t change wording.
Russia stepped in to sponsor the resolution, forcing Washington to back off.
The U.S. government reportedly threatened Ecuador with trade sanctions if it didn’t water down a resolution drafted to promote breastfeeding around the world.
The resolution had been expected to pass without issue at the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in May, according to The New York Times. Then, without warning, the U.S. delegation requested that language asking governments to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding” was removed.