United States resolution on Syria chemical weapons attacks vetoed by Russian Federation at UN


Photo taken on April 10, 2018 shows the United Nations Security Council voting on a USA -draft resolution on probe of chemical weapons use in Syria at the UN headquarters in NY. Twelve of the 15 council members backed the measure, including France, Britain, African countries, Kazakhstan and Kuwait.

However, this draft was rejected by a vote of 12-2-1, including a veto by UNSC permanent member Russian Federation, thereby blocking its adoption.

President Donald Trump has warned that there will be a "big price to pay" for the alleged use of toxic gas in Douma that killed at least 40 people, according to Syrian medics and rescuers.

Twelve of the 15 members of the UN Security Council voted in favour of the United States text, while Russian Federation and Bolivia voted against it, reports Xinhua.

"Yet again, there are reports of what appears to be a chemical weapons attack in Syria", said Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the UN.

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

A Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favour but no vetoes by permanent members Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

Diplomats said they did not expect either of those to be adopted.

Addressing the council, Guterres urged all countries to uphold worldwide law and warned that "Syria today represents the most serious threat to global peace and security". Russian Federation vetoed a USA -drafted Security Council resolution on probe of chemical weapons use in Syria on Tuesday.

The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Syria had been asked to make the necessary arrangements for the deployment of an investigation team.

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Moscow opposes any Western strike on its close ally Assad and has vetoed Security Council action on Syria 12 times since the conflict started. "Independent Mechanism of Investigation" to try to determine whether chemical weapons were used and possibly who is responsible.

"We can only resolve the Syrian crisis once and for all if there is an inclusive political solution", Delattre said. Trump said Thursday on Twitter.

There remains tension between what President Trump and National Security Adviser Bolton want and what the Pentagon is advocating.

Trump had already cut the visit short twice - from five days, to three - and, finally, to none.

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.

Russian Federation and Syria call the attack fabricated.

A United Nations chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013.

The White Helmets, a civil defense agency, blamed the Assad regime for a chemical attack Saturday night in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

But that is just one crisis now on the president's Resolute Desk.

"Empty words, feeble condemnations, and a Security Council paralyzed by the use of the veto".