Russia Vetoes UNSC Condemnation of Assad's Chemical Attack

Russia Vetoes UNSC Condemnation of Assad's Chemical Attack

The April 4 attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed scores of people and prompted the United States to launch a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base in response, its first direct assault on the Assad government in the six-year-old conflict.

Moscow has stood by Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad, saying the poison gas belonged to rebels, an explanation Washington dismisses as beyond credible. Syria and Russian Federation have vehemently denied the regime carried out the attack.

Peskov also said Putin had given Tillerson his views on the situation in Syria, and how it was likely to develop.

The Syrian representative noted that the Syrian government, basing on its firm principles, has joined the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Convention and fulfilled its obligations in this regard since it made unprecedented achievement in the OPCW's history and ended the Syrian chemical weapons program in record time, back in 2014. "We insist on a most thorough, independent investigation into that incident".

"The strike pursued several targets", he said.

Western hysteria over alleged chemical attack should not hamper efforts to solve the crisis, he added.

"But in order to give a definitive answer, we need to thoroughly investigate this event, and there is no other way, which is what we propose to do", he said, according to a transcript of the interview.

"The global community has spoken".

He went on to say that the USA missile strike on the Syrian air base was "a clear violation of worldwide law".

"Everyone [NATO members] agrees to it, accepts it and start nodding and expressing their support", he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday: "We can not and will not support attempts to pass without proof a UN Security Council resolution condemning the government 'on the quiet, ' without any inspections".

Putin said relations had worsened. After this condemnation, Russian Federation has sent the frigate Admiral Grigorovich in position between US ships, considerably raising tension in the waters outside of Syria, according to the Daily Mirror.

In the briefing Tuesday, Putin suggested that Russian Federation and Syria were being demonized.

"We see that after Trump entered office, Washington's role in the Astana and Geneva processes was minimized", he said.

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