Published On: Sun, Apr 15th, 2018

Russia snubbed by UN over calls to condemn Syria strikes | World | News

The 15-member council gathered today for the fifth time on the subject of Syria since the deadly toxic gas attack on the town of Douma that saw 40 civilians – and innocent children – gassed to death a week ago.

In retaliation, the US, UK and France bombed Barzah Research and Development Centre in greater Damascus, the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility, west of Homs, and the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Bunker Facility, the three Syrian chemical weapons sites in an attack blasted by Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

He raged: “Why didn’t you wait for the outcome of the investigation you called for?”

When a vote saw just China and Bolivia join Russia in favour of a draft resolution, Mr Nebenzia accused the US, France and Britain of “demonstrating a blatant disregard for international law.”

He then raged to a swarm of reporters.

He said: “I hope hot heads will cool down and that will be it.”

Investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog swarmed to Douma to begin a gruelling inquiry into the horror gas attack after Russia and Syria shrugged off as non-existent.

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said: “We are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program. We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will.

“If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded.”

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

Eight countries voted against the Russian-drafted text on Saturday, while Peru, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea abstained.

A resolution needs nine votes in favour.

In the coalition attack which took place last night, Russia had claimed Syrian air defences intercepted 71 of 103 cruise missiles fired.

However, Defence Secretary Gavin Williams fired back this morning called the strike “successful”.

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