Syria conflict: U.S. urges United Nations to condemn Russian Federation over chemical weapons attack

US requests UN vote on Syria chemical inquiry

US requests UN vote on Syria chemical inquiry

Addressing told the council, Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.

Bolivia has asked for the United Nations Security Council to meet on Thursday "on the escalation of rhetoric regarding Syria and these threats of unilateral military action", hours after US President Donald Trump warned of missile attacks.

The United States "gave diplomacy chance after chance after chance", she said, only to have Russian Federation block, last Tuesday, an effort to set up an independent body to investigate chemical attacks in Syria.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: In another diplomatic showdown in the U.N. Security Council, Russia's ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, called an emergency meeting that seemed aimed at one thing - to head off USA military strikes, which he says would violate the U.N. charter and put Russian troops in harm's way.

Tuesday's veto by Russian Federation was its 12th over Security Council action against Syria since the Syrian civil war started seven years ago.

The White Helmets, a civil defense agency, blamed the Assad regime for a chemical attack Saturday night in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

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

Washington's behavior in light of the situation in Syria and the threats against the country are "not worthy" of a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia's envoy to UN, Vassily Nebenzia said. While many attacks have been attributed to the Syrian government, the Islamic State and other regional forces have also used chemical weapons.

It was not immediately clear whether the announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons would delay or prevent a USA strike in Syria.

The draft resolution noted that the strikes came at a time when experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "started their work for gathering evidence of the alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma".

While Haley focused on themes of Russian obstructionism and American resolve to strike as needed, the British and French ambassadors emphasized an interest in pursuing talks to ease tensions.

"And we also know that they have nothing but scorn for worldwide law, but we have this (hold up UN Charter)", Soliz said.

With the UN Security Council failing thus far to find a diplomatic solution, Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that time was running out.

Nikki Haley, the U.S.' United Nations envoy, ripped Moscow shortly after the vote concluded, saying it had "trashed the credibility of the council".

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, accused the US of "trying to mislead the global community".

Last year, the United States launched strikes from two Navy destroyers against a Syrian air base.

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".

A team from the OPCW has been tasked with determining if a chemical attack took place but not determining responsibility.

"An aggression of a sovereign state was carried out, which is on the front line of the fight against terrorism", Nebenzia said. May "on the need to take action and deter the further use of chemical weapons".

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