Russian Federation vetoes Syria chemical weapons probe

  • Russian Federation vetoes Syria chemical weapons probe

Russian Federation vetoes Syria chemical weapons probe

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will".

"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley said.

Nebenzia warned the U.S. and its allies against taking any military action in Syria, as it might lead to grave consequences for the whole world, especially given the fact that Russian troops are deployed to the country.

The Russian permanent representative to the United Nations called the latest attack "fake news" during Monday's Security Council session and slammed the USA, U.K., and France for their "slander, insults, hawkish rhetoric, blackmail, sanctions, and threats to use force against a sovereign state".

"An aggression of a sovereign state was carried out, which is on the front line of the fight against terrorism", Nebenzia said. This proposal would also have the Secretary-General António Guterres make recommendations about the mechanism.

The attack comes just days after the Security Council marked the anniversary of another attack in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017, which killed up to 100 people. "There is no military solution to the crisis".

Vice President Mike Pence will represent the United States in Lima, his aide Jarrod Agen said, adding that the former lawmaker would also meet Venezuelan dissidents.

"The authors are aware that [the U.S. draft resolution] contradicts Russian position and will not be adopted", Russian Envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said. "There is nothing independent about that", she told the Security Council.

Sacha Llorenty, the Bolivian ambassador, countered that "you can't combat the alleged violation of worldwide law by violating global law". "Of course, we clearly heard her words with a great deal of concern and a great deal of sadness".

"Any use of chemical weapons is abhorrent".

The apparent chemical attack on Saturday killed dozens of civilians, targeting a rebel enclave outside Damascus called Douma that has been pulverized by Assad's forces and his backers. Images of children gasping for air shocked the world and galvanized the White House.

"The United States is determined to see the monster who dropped chemical weapons on the Syrian people held to account", she said, repeatedly calling Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad a "monster". As he spoke, witnesses in the Middle East said they heard explosions in Damascus, and photographs showed missiles streaking over the Syrian night sky. US Defense Secretary James Mattis said "right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message" to the Syrian regime.

It was the second vote by the council on Tuesday.

Syria's chemical weapons program must be ended and its chemical weapons stockpiles destroyed once and for all.

Syria must return to so-called Geneva peace talks and agree to a substantial agenda put forward by the UN Special Envoy. May "on the need to take action and deter the further use of chemical weapons".

The report prompted the United States and up to eight other nations - Ivory Coast, France, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom - to seek the emergency session.

"Any time there is an important victory in confronting terrorists in political and field developments, we face a coordinated game and tactic from terrorist groups and foreign players", said Ansari.

If the U.S. action follows the pattern of a previous punitive strike on Syria a year ago, it will begin with a salvo of cruise missiles fired from American warships in the Mediterranean, as Trump implied when he tweeted they would be "nice, new and "smart". "It has never been so urgent".

Before the vote, Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia accused the USA of pushing for a vote as a pretext for possible use of force against Syria.

On Monday, the Republican leader promised that the "heinous attack on innocent Syrians with banned chemical weapons" would be "met forcefully".

The State Department says it doesn't know what chemical was used, but says it is confident Syria was responsible.

Haley, who spoke after the Russian, was disdainful.

"The Fact Finding Mission is in the process of gathering further information from all available sources to establish whether chemical weapons were used", he said Monday in a statement.

"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", Sanders said. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity".

Last month, a United Nations commission of inquiry released a report accusing the regime of committing war crimes in Eastern Ghouta, including the use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Russian Federation went to the United Nations Security Council today to warn the USA away from conducting airstrikes in Syria. "The regime knew that it could act with impunity, and it did".

Haley promised the U.S. would stand ready to act again.