Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WORLD_ SYRIA_ Russia blocks UN resolution on Syria


Russia blocks UN resolution on Syria

By Mallory Shelbourne
- 04/12/17 03:25 PM EDT


A United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and demanding access for investigators failed Wednesday because of a Russian veto.

Russia’s representative to the United Nations said the “draft to a vote today does not serve a useful purpose.”

China, another permanent member of the Security Council, abstained from the vote.

The resolution introduced by the United States, France and the United Kingdom would have condemned the chemical attack and called for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to conduct a complete probe of the incident.

The vote comes several days after President Trump ordered the United States military to launch Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield, believed to be the launching point of the deadly chemical weapons attack.

The U.S. has blamed the chemical weapons attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been fighting a civil war against various opposition groups since 2011.

The vote came shortly after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is in Moscow for meetings, declared that U.S.-Russia relations have hit a “low point,” citing serious mistrust and differences over international issues, including Syria.

Tensions between Moscow and Washington have flared in the aftermath of the chemical attack in Syria, given that Syrian President Bashar Assad is backed by Russia.



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