Bolivia requests UN Security Council meeting on Syria amid rhetoric escalation

  • Bolivia requests UN Security Council meeting on Syria amid rhetoric escalation

Bolivia requests UN Security Council meeting on Syria amid rhetoric escalation

Diplomats say both Russian Federation and the United States are expected to vote against each other.

On Tuesday, the council rejected rival USA and Russian resolutions for a new body to determine responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia vetoed a United States text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass.

At the council meeting, Nebenzia warned that a USA military strike against Syria could have "grave repercussions" and stressed that the use of chlorine or sarin had not been confirmed in the attack.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia has warned the USA against military action on Syria.

Asked whether there will be war between the United States and Russian Federation in case of a U.S. military strike against Syria, Nebenzia said: "We can not exclude any possibility, unfortunately, because we saw messages that are coming from Washington - they were very bellicose". A veto can only be cast if a draft wins at least nine votes. Haley said the draft resolution was not impartial or independent since it would allow Russian Federation to veto investigators and staff for the new body - and to block its findings.

Syria became a member in 2013 as part of a deal brokered by the USA and Russian Federation after a chemical attack in eastern Ghouta killed hundreds of people.

"The norms against chemical weapons must be upheld".

Sullivan and Johnson agreed that "this attack bore hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime", according to a British Foreign Office spokesperson.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is stressing the need to prevent the situation in Syria from "spiraling out of control".

"The group is getting ready to deploy to Syria shortly", it stated in an announcement.

"We are using the veto in order to protect worldwide rule of law, peace and security, to make sure that you do not drag the Security Council into your adventures", Nebenzia said.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking its Syrian ally, which is also supported by Iran, and says there was no chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

Despite the global revulsion over chemical weapons attacks, the death toll from such incidents in Syria is only a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of combatants and civilians killed since the war began in 2011.

The United States and other Western powers are considering taking military action over Saturday's attack.

A European supply stated European governments have been ready for the OPCW to hold out its investigation and for extra strong forensic proof from the assault to emerge. "You simply have been looking for a pretext" and want the resolution to fail "to justify the use of force against Syria".