Russian Federation nixes US-draft Security Council Syria resolution

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Russian Federation nixes US-draft Security Council Syria resolution

Russian Federation on Tuesday vetoed a US-drafted Security Council resolution on an investigation mechanism for chemical weapons use in Syria.

The U.S. draft had the overwhelming support of the council with 12 members of the 15-member council voting in favor, and only two - Russian Federation and Bolivia - voting against.

Russian Federation has requested an emergency meeting of the Security Council Saturday to discuss the situation after the airstrike in Syria by the United States, France and Britain, diplomats said.

Worldwide chemical weapons experts will go Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack, their organization said Tuesday, as the United States and other Western powers consider military action over the incident.

The vote was held after the United States warned that it was "locked and loaded", ready to launch more military strikes on Syria if President Bashar al-Assad's forces carry out a new chemical weapons attack.

On Feb. 24, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2401, which called for a month-long ceasefire in Syria - especially in Eastern Ghouta - to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The trilateral operation, which came without any United Nations authorization or verifiable proof that the Syrian government had led a chemical weapon attack on a rebel-held suburb near Damascus on April 7, has been condemned by Syria, Russia and Iran.

There was such a body, called the Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM, that reported last fall that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad's forces were responsible for a sarin gas attack in April 2017 that killed approximately 100 civilians and led to USA airstrikes on a Syrian military base. Syria signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, agreeing to remove its chemical weapons. While Britain, France, the United States and Poland voted against it, six others abstained.

"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria".

Worldwide chemical weapons experts are expected to go to Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Tuesday in Paris that allies of the Syrian regime bore "particular responsibility" for a recent suspected chemical attack that has sparked global outrage.

While Syria is believed to have always been in possession of various chemical weapons, the regime first publicly acknowledged its chemical weapons program in summer 2012.

The National has learned that prior to the White House meeting, United States military leaders met late on Wednesday at the Pentagon and finalised a package of strikes options for the USA president but that none of these options would debilitate the Assad regime airpower.

Alternatively, a Syria strike could also be justified as action to stop the use or spread of weapons of mass destruction taken because the UN Security Council has been unable to act.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the West of "hooliganism" and demanded that it "immediately end its actions against Syria and refrain from them in the future".

April 7, 2018: at least 70 people were killed and several hundred more were injured in a chlorine gas attack in Douma.

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

Haley spoke in vivid detail about the attack, but said she wouldn't bother to hold up photos of the children murdered on Saturday, as she has before, because, "What would be the point?"

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