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U.S. aggression against Syria undermines United Nations, diplomatic solution

U.S. aggression against Syria undermines United Nations, diplomatic solution

Addressing the Security Council, Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, said the Washington-drafted resolution "is the bare minimum that the council can do to respond to the attack".

Some diplomats said there were several arguments to justify bombing Syria over the suspected chemical weapons attack.

The UN Security Council will hold an open-door meeting on Friday morning to discuss the situation in Syria, the Russian mission in NY said.

France on Tuesday became the latest ally to warn of action if Syria "crossed a red line" in Saturday's suspected chemical attack. The United States, Britain and France launched air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Douma a week ago that killed at least 40 people.

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.

Russian Federation on Tuesday vetoed a USA -drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia accused the USA of attempting to mislead the global community and said it is "taking one more step toward confrontation". The United States and other countries then blocked a rival Russian bid to set up a different probe that would require the Security Council to attribute responsibility. Russia vetoed a USA text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get the minimum nine votes required for approval.

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.

Any countries that carry out a strike on Syria over the chemical weapons attack could also defend their action under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which covers an individual or collective right to self-defence against armed attack.

A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

Later, Nebenzia, addressing Haley directly, said, "I would once again ask you, once again beseech you, to refrain from the plans that you are now developing for Syria".

Russian Federation and several countries sparred at the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, with both sides blocking resolutions focused on an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria. CGTN's Nick Harper reports. Serwer serves as the director of the Conflict Management Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


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