UN Security Council fails to adopt Russian resolution on Syria

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2018

Speaking to reporters after a closed emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Nebenzia said Russian Federation was very concerned with "the risky escalation" of the situation and "aggressive policies" and preparations that some governments were making - a clear reference to the Trump administration and its allies. Eight countries voted against and three abstained. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites but it also demonstrated again the paralysis of the U.N.'s most powerful body in dealing with the Syria conflict. "The US will not allow the Assad regime to continue to use chemical weapons". She said President Donald Trump told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again.

Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.

He further called upon the all the countries to remain calm over the recent incident of chemical attack and think about to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Opening the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries to uphold worldwide law as the Security Council met to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria.

She accused Russian Federation of defending Syrian President Bashar Assad and failing to ensure that Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed as the Assad regime had pledged in 2013.

Retaliatory attacks: In response, the US, France and the United Kingdom launched attacks early Saturday morning against three sites near Damascus and Homs that were allegedly used for the research, development production, testing and storage of chemical weapons.

A draft resolution circulated by the three countries would condemn all use of chemical weapons, especially the April 7 attack in Douma.

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