Russia Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Chemical Weapons in Syria

US requests UN vote on Syria chemical inquiry

Russia vetoes US-drafted Security Council resolution

The council was to vote on two other draft resolutions proposed by Russian Federation, one that would set up an inquiry and the second that would express support for an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Twelve of the 15 members of the UN Security Council voted in favour of the USA text, while Russian Federation and Bolivia voted against it, reports Xinhua. Eight countries voted against and three abstained. Russian Federation vetoed a US -drafted Security Council resolution on probe of chemical weapons use in Syria on Tuesday.

Nikki Haley, the U.S.' United Nations envoy, ripped Moscow shortly after the vote concluded, saying it had "trashed the credibility of the council".

The United States insisted that the new mechanism determine the guilty parties after which the UN Security Council could sanction the military response.

But UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the use of chemical weapons is "abhorrent and requires a thorough investigation", according to his chief spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, at a briefing Monday before the emergency meeting.

The U.S. and its allies in the worldwide arena have already determined the guilty party, Nebenzia said, claiming they "were simply looking for a pretext" to take action against Bashar al-Assad.

But Nebenzia maintained the Russian argument that the United States and its allies had "used as a pretext a staged chemical attack" in order to target Syria.

Aaron Stein, a senior resident fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri center for the Middle East, told The National that "it appears, based on the latest reporting and leaks, that it will be a limited strike aimed at sending a message about chemical weapons use". The strikes were a response to an alleged chemical weapons attack carried out by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime on April 7. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley was having none of it.

Last year, the United States launched missile strikes against a Syrian airbase from two navy destroyers after the Syrian Government was alleged to have used chemical weapons, leading to civilian fatalities.

"The pictures of dead children were not fake news", Haley said". The Syrian regime and the rebels both denied responsibility.

The UN Security Council [official website] on Tuesday voted not to adopt [UN report] three proposed resolutions that would implement measures to investigate the use of chemical weapons, among other issues, in Syria.

In a notice posted to Eurocontrol's website, EASA said: "Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken".

"The norms against chemical weapons must be upheld".

Russian Federation and Syria have said there was no evidence of a chemical weapons attack. Because he has said from the beginning, we have to know that we're right.

"Her country, is ready, is 'locked and loaded, '" said Bolivia's ambassador to the UN, Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz. He accused the United States, France and Britain of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for global law". He added: "They think that they're exceptional. And hence, they think that they are above the law, above worldwide law".

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