Russian Federation went to the United Nations Security Council today to warn the US away from conducting airstrikes in Syria. Russia vetoed a USA text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass. Instead, the US has circulated it and now wants to negotiate with other Security Council members to pass it, a Security Council diplomat said.
The one-page draft resolution, read by Russia's Permanent Envoy at the UN Vasily Nevenzya, condemned the military action against Syria and called on the three Western countries to "halt the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic immediately and without any delay" and refrain from further use-of-force actions in violation of the UN Charter.
"I have been closely following the reports of air strikes in Syria conducted by the United States, France and the United Kingdom".
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the airstrike.
Russia, China and Bolivia voted for the resolution, but eight members voted against and four abstained.
During the Security Council meeting, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley expressed Washington's preparedness to launch more military strikes on Syria if Washington learns that the Syrian government carries out a chemical weapons attack.
The United States, in turn, brought to UN Security Council vote the draft resolution to establish a new mechanism of investigation of chemical attacks in Syria.
Diplomats said they did not expect either of those to be adopted.
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Contrary to the US' accusations, the Syrian government has rejected all claims, stating that it wasn't behind the attack. In the UK, Cabinet ministers said that it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for the attack.
Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, speaks during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in NY, on April 14, 2018.
The Assad government and Russian Federation both urged the OPCW to investigate the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma, a move by the two countries that was apparently aimed at averting any US-led action.
The second document is a resolution that supports the deployment of the mission from Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to Douma to conduct the investigation.
Ansari said Western powers were using the alleged chemical attack as "an excuse" to undermine the Syrian regime's recent success on the ground.
"We can only resolve the Syrian crisis once and for all if there is an inclusive political solution", Delattre said. "The president has not made that decision". Trump said Thursday on Twitter.
Syria's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Saturday's strikes as a "brutal, barbaric aggression", saying they would only ignite "tensions in the world and pose threat to the worldwide peace and security as a whole".
Trump had already cut the visit short twice - from five days, to three - and, finally, to none.
The French and British ambassadors to the United Nations proposed conditions that could allow for a negotiated end to the conflict, which has raged since March 2011, with French Ambassador Francois Delattre directly asking Russian Federation to cooperate.
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But until then Trump will remain in Washington - as will Pentagon chief Jim Mattis, who also has postponed planned weekend travel - as several gathering storms converge on the White House.
As tensions mounted over a face-off with Damascus-ally Russian Federation, opponents of unilateral USA action called an emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council for Thursday.
"Reports suggesting yet another deadly chemical attack may have been carried out in Syria on Saturday in the town of Douma highlight the impotence of the global response to earlier attacks alleged to have been carried out in Syria", UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement on Monday.
The State Department says it doesn't know what chemical was used, but says it is confident Syria was responsible.
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"The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of worldwide peace and security".
His anger had not abated by early Tuesday.
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