Chemical Weapons Warfare Has Plagued Syria For Years

Russia US envoys to UN

KELEMEN: Haley says it's not the USA that's a threat to peace and security but rather Syria and its backer, Russia, that are, in her words, trying to normalize the use of chemical weapons.

Russian Federation has vetoed a US-drafted United Nations resolution that would have condemned last weekend's suspected gas attack near Damascus and established a new body to determine responsibility for Syrian chemical weapons attacks. "I appeal to the Security Council to fulfill its responsibility and find unity on this issue", he said.

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.

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.

Twelve of the 15 members of the UN Security Council voted in favour of the USA text, while Russian Federation and Bolivia voted against it, reports Xinhua. (Photo by AFP)

Jaafari described that strikes by the US, Britain and France as "another message to the terrorists" that encourages them to use chemical weapons in their future attacks.

The Russian permanent representative to the United Nations called the latest attack "fake news" during Monday's Security Council session and slammed the U.S., U.K., and France for their "slander, insults, hawkish rhetoric, blackmail, sanctions, and threats to use force against a sovereign state". And Ambassador Haley denies the Trump administration is acting impulsively.

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

"You are not only placing yourselves above global law, but you are trying to re-write worldwide law", Nebenzia said after the vote.

The one-page draft resolution, read by Russia's Permanent Envoy at the UN Vasily Nevenzya, condemned the military action against Syria and called on the three Western countries to "halt the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic immediately and without any delay" and refrain from further use-of-force actions in violation of the UN Charter.

The whole situation with the threats against Syria, made by the USA and its allies, resembles their previous aggressive actions, namely in Iraq and Libya, when the United Nations was used simply to justify their steps, the Russian envoy added.

Assad's government and Russian Federation have said there was no evidence a gas attack had taken place and that the claim was bogus.

"We do hope you will come to your senses", Nebenzia said.

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. May "on the need to take action and deter the further use of chemical weapons".

French president Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with TF1 that "we have proof that last week chemical weapons, at least chlorine, were used by the regime of Bashar Al Assad".

In a notice posted to Eurocontrol's website, EASA said: "Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken".



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