UN Security Council votes down Russian Federation proposal to condemn Syria strikes

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2018

Russian Federation says the chemical attack in Syria that has brought the world to the brink of war was staged by a foreign secret service.

Lavrov said Russian Federation had "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication, and intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russophobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".

That's despite the World Health Organisation stating an estimated 500 people presented at medical facilities with the effects of chemical weapons in the area, according to local agencies.

A Russian bid for the United Nations Security Council to condemn US, British and French air strikes on Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack failed after only China and Bolivia joined Russia to vote in favour of a draft resolution. There is a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria, Nebenzia said after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY.

Moscow hardly needed a heads up that military action was coming.

"Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible", added the envoy, after President Donald Trump directly called out his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over his support for the Assad regime.

The action followed a week of threats of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

In the United Kingdom, cabinet ministers agreed that it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for the alleged attack and said the use of chemical weapons must not "go unchallenged".

"Why would the winning side use (chemical) weapons", he said in a video address at a Hezbollah campaign event for Lebanon's parliamentary elections in May. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

The UK has placed the blame for the Skripal poisoning firmly at Russian feet, saying it's the only country with the means, motive, and technical ability to carry out the attack on UK soil.

Lavrov noted that Russian and US militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.

The accusation has been strongly denied by the Bashar al-Assad government in Damascus. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

"The sole thing that they have an interest in is to oust the Syrian government and to deter, contain the Russian Federation", he added. Mattis said no additional attacks were planned, though Trump earlier suggested the strikes could last longer.

"The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked".

Other reports by iNewsToday