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US, Russia clash over Syria at UN

16 April 2018

During the Security Council meeting, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley expressed Washington's preparedness to launch more military strikes on Syria if Washington learns that the Syrian government carries out a chemical weapons attack.

"The United States is determined to see the monster who dropped chemical weapons on the Syrian people held to account", she said, repeatedly calling Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad a "monster".

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

They added that the U.N. Security Council is the focus right now, but pointed to other ongoing efforts, such as Trump's phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron and acting Secretary of State John Sullivan's call with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Tuesday that inspectors would travel to the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma to investigate reports of the attack that killed as many as 60 people. Russia vetoed a U.S. text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Tuesday in Paris that allies of the Syrian regime bore "particular responsibility" for a recent suspected chemical attack that has sparked worldwide outrage.

France and Britain discussed with the Trump administration how to respond to the Douma attack.

"The pictures of dead children were not fake news", Haley said".

Worldwide chemical weapons experts are expected to go to Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack.

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On Feb. 24, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2401, which called for a month-long ceasefire in Syria - especially in Eastern Ghouta - to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Before the vote, Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia accused the USA of pushing for a vote as a pretext for possible use of force against Syria.

"The time for talk ended last night", Haley told the UN Security Council.

"Not a single resident was able to confirm a chemical attack took place", he argued, saying that the US, UK and France hadn't bothered to wait for an investigation and instead had rushed to judgment "in a sign of cynical disdain a group of western countries".

French President Emmanuel Macron said France contributed to the US -led Syrian attacks because the "red line declared by France in May 2017 has been crossed". And we have to know that we're taking every precaution necessary, should we take action.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was "not about intervening in a civil war".

Despite the global revulsion over chemical weapons attacks, the death toll from such incidents in Syria is only a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of combatants and civilians killed since the war began in 2011.

Home to some 400,000 people, the district has remained the target of a crippling regime siege for the last five years that has rendered the delivery of humanitarian supplies nearly impossible. It is now operating off Lebanon alongside U.S. ships as part of France's military contingent fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

US, Russia clash over Syria at UN