USA resolution on Syria chemical weapons attacks vetoed by Russian Federation at UN

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Russian envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia and US Envoy Nikki Haley

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.

Russian Federation went to the United Nations Security Council today to warn the USA away from conducting airstrikes in Syria.

There was little expectation that members of Congress would object if Trump launched an attack on Syria, despite some calls for lawmakers to exert their power to authorize military action.

In the early hours of Saturday, the US, Britain and France launched a barrage of missile attacks against Syria in response to what they claim to have been a chemical attack by the Syrian government in the town of Douma in the suburb of Damascus on April 7.

Doctors and witnesses have said victims showed symptoms of poisoning, possibly by a nerve agent, and reported the smell of chlorine gas.

But the Joint Investigative Mechanism has been disbanded because its mandate was not renewed by the Security Council in November, when Russian Federation cast a veto to a resolution that would have extended the life of the panel for another year.

France, the United States and Britain planned to put forward a new draft resolution aimed at dismantling Syria's chemical weapons program, wiping out terrorism, demanding a ceasefire across Syria and finding a political solution to the conflict, French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told the council on Saturday.

Some diplomats said there were several arguments to justify bombing Syria over the suspected chemical weapons attack. Russian Federation earlier vetoed a US-drafted Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. And Ambassador Haley denies the Trump administration is acting impulsively.

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"The pictures of dead children were not fake news", she 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. The use of chemical weapons in Syria dropped off significantly afterward.

The resolution needed at least nine yes votes in the 15-member council for approval but only six countries voted in favour.

In the Security Council meeting, Syria's envoy to the UN Bashar Jaafari condemned the strikes on Syria as a "flagrant violation of the UN Charter" and described the United States and its allies as "liars and hypocrites" who are "supporting terrorists in Syria".

In September 2014, the United States defended the start of its military action against Islamic State militants in Syria under Article 51. Any plan by Washington and its allies to take military action was likely to be on hold until then, the source said.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Nebenzia said.

"The team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly", it said in a statement.

The State Department says it doesn't know what chemical was used, but says it is confident Syria was responsible. It is now operating off Lebanon alongside USA ships as part of France's military contingent fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Later, the council rejected a Russian resolution that would have welcomed an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) into the suspected poison gas attack.

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