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Russian Federation vetoes US-drafted Security Council resolution

Russian Federation vetoes US-drafted Security Council resolution

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.

"I have repeatedly expressed my deep disappointment that the Security Council failed to agree on a dedicated mechanism for effective accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria", Guterres said on Friday after the US, France, and the United Kingdom attacked the Syrian government.

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 US airstrikes on a Syrian military base.

Russian Federation and Syria call the attack fabricated.

"The allies of the regime bear a particular responsibility in this massacre", he said of alleged use of toxic gas against the rebel-held enclave of Douma on Saturday, which first responders said killed more than 40 people.

The only other country joining Russian Federation against the resolution was Bolivia, while China abstained.

After a heated two-hour debate, the United Nations Security Council rejected a Russian resolution Saturday that would have condemned airstrikes carried out hours earlier by the United States, Britain and France against Syria. The United States estimates that Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times.

As it looked to head off the threat of Western strikes, Syria said it had invited the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has blamed the regime for previous attacks, to visit the site. In support of its veto, Russian Federation accused [UN report] the USA of attempting to recreate the Joint Investigative Mechanism and implement a mechanism that does not satisfy the standards under the Chemical Weapons Convention [text, PDF]. And Ambassador Haley denies the Trump administration is acting impulsively.

"The monster who is responsible for these attacks has no conscience, not even to be shocked by pictures of dead children". "It reveals the capacity and the will to use weapons which are outlawed by global law", he said.

The UK, US and France "will continue to pursue a diplomatic resolution", UK Ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, told the Security Council.

But Nebenzia maintained the Russian argument that the U.S. and its allies had "used as a pretext a staged chemical attack" in order to target Syria.

The U.N. body was briefed by the Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Thomas Markram and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura ahead of the open hearing.

"We do hope you will come to your senses", Nebenzia said. Activists and doctors in rebel-held areas said the six-car United Nations convoy was scheduled to visit the scene of strikes in the eastern Ghouta suburbs.

"While Russia was busy protecting the regime, Assad took notice", she said.

Delattre, the French ambassador, added that the destruction of Syria's chemical program has to happen in a "verifiable and irreversible" way.

On Monday, the Republican leader promised that the "heinous attack on innocent Syrians with banned chemical weapons" would be "met forcefully".

The Syrian regime and its backers in Moscow and Tehran have denied the attack took place, or suggested it was a "false flag" operation by rebels.