United Nations rejects Russian attempt to condemn U.S. 'aggression' on Syria

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2018

The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of "aggression" by the United States, Britain and France against Syria on Saturday, a vote reflecting support for the allied airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites.

United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Saturday said that the USA is "locked and loaded" in an event of a chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

May 18, 2017: A USA airstrike hits pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan in southern Syria.

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader says Moscow is calling an emergency meeting of the United Nations' Security Council over the strike launched by the US, Britain and France.Putin added that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations". He acknowledged, however, that Syria retains "residual" capacity but gave no details about what could be left.

Haley said the airstrikes did not change USA strategy in Syria.

Chlorine, as a commercially available substance, was not included in the 2013 agreement.

"We will continue to work with our worldwide partners to further investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria".

He went on to explain the administration hopes for a political solution to the Syrian conflict and said the U.S.as well as their allies are prepared in case further action is also needed.

It condemns "the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic by the USA and its allies in violation of global law and the UN Charter".

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the one-hour barrage.

The demonstrations in support of Assad were carried live on state TV.

For years, U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Barack Obama on a variety of issues, including how much time the former president spent on the golf course and U.S. military involvement in Syria.

The entry of government forces to Douma follows a Russian-mediated deal that secured the surrender and evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians from the town.

But France says it has conclusive proof that "chemical weapons were used and that they were used by Assad's regime".

Defense Secretary Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon late Friday that the strike, with French and British forces, was a "heavy" one-time strike in retaliation for Assad's chlorine gas attack on April 7 that killed as many as 70 people and injured 1,000 others.

"If anything, the opposite is true: By setting these red lines and devising very narrow punishments for violating them, we essentially communicate to the regime what our priorities are and also our threshold for risk and level of interest in the broader Syrian war", Itani said. Russia, Syria's military backer, disagreed with that report, saying that Syrian air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles.

World closes ranks: Russian Federation and Syria have found little support for their position. These missiles may have come down in populated areas, he said. McKenzie said the USA military deployed 76 missiles and destroyed that facility.

"We are confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme".

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