Russian Federation rejects United States proposal for UN Syria gas attacks probe

US Russia headed for UN clash over Syria

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 U.S. President Donald Trump warned of missile attacks.

Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected deadly poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said after the vote.

A Russian bid for the United Nations Security Council to condemn U.S., British and French air strikes on Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack failed on Saturday after only China and Bolivia joined Russia to vote in favor of a draft resolution.

"Whatever happens next has to abide by global law", Swedish U.N. Ambassador Olof Skoog told reporters on Wednesday, referring to USA plans for military action.

Russian Federation and Syria have denied using chemical weapons.

At the council meeting, Nebenzia warned that a U.S. military strike against Syria could have "grave repercussions" and stressed that the use of chlorine or sarin had not been confirmed in the attack.

The proposed USA measure was similar to one presented by the United States in March, which Russian Federation then rejected, and it remained unlikely that the new text would win Moscow's support.


The United States, France and Britain defended their military action as legal during the Security Council meeting.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the US "went the extra mile" to get Russian support for the resolution to ensure that a new investigative body would be impartial, independent and professional - things she said would not be guaranteed by a rival Russian resolution.

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

During an address to the Security Council, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all states "to show restraint in these risky circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people".

The Russian ambassador said Moscow had told the United States that it would not allow its forces on the ground in Syria to be put at risk.

The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Seven council members, including the US, Britain and France, voted against the proposal and two abstained.

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