United Nations council rejects Russian Federation resolution on Syria

Syrian forces retake Eastern Ghouta, Russia says

Russian Federation called for the UN Security Council to convene in an emergency session Thursday amid tensions over a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

Moscow and Washington halted attempts by each other in the U.N. Security Council to set up global investigations into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, which is in the throes of a seven-year-old civil war.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria has been asked to "make the necessary arrangements for such a deployment". The draft received 12 votes in favour, two against (Bolivia and Russia) and one abstention (China). Russia vetoed a USA text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass.

It was the 12th time that Russian Federation has used its veto power at the council to block action targeting its Syrian ally.

The vote in the 15-member U.N. Security Council was 12 in favor, with Russian Federation and Bolivia opposing and China abstaining.

Medical doctors and witnesses have stated victims confirmed signs of poisoning, presumably by a nerve agent, and reported the scent of chlorine gasoline.

Russia's UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia, speaking following its veto, said the United States was attempting to mislead the worldwide community.

Russian Federation called a UN Security Council meeting on Syria for Friday, asking for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to brief diplomats.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday warned the Syrian government it would pay a "big price" for the suspected chemical weapons attack.

France and Britain mentioned with the Trump administration how to answer the Douma assault.

Criticising the positions of the US, UK and France, he said that some permanent Council members were attempting to cover up domestic crises and conflicts among their political elites. "The president has not made that decision".

"You do not want to hear the fact that no traces of a chemical attack were found in Douma", Nebenzia said.

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

Asked whether the USA military was ready to conduct an attack in Syria if ordered, Mattis replied, "We stand ready to provide military options if they're appropriate, as the president determined".

Trump's tweets were more belligerent.

The mission will aim to determine whether banned munitions were used but will not assign blame.

"Syria is keen on cooperating with the OPCW to uncover the truth behind the allegations that some Western sides have been advertising to justify their aggressive intentions", Syria's state news agency SANA said. He also reaffirmed his support for an OPCW investigation.

In Syria, 1000's of militants and their households arrived in rebel-held components of the nation's northwest after surrendering Douma to authorities forces.

That incident, which killed hundreds, also took place in Eastern Ghouta. TASS information company quoted him as saying he believed frequent sense would prevail.

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger global peace and security. The Aquitaine is equipped with 16 cruise missiles and 16 surface-to-air missiles.

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said.

However, inspectors with the global chemical weapons watchdog will travel to Douma to investigate reports of a chemical attack.



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