Wednesday, 22 August, 2018

Suspected chemical attack: global monitor to send fact-finding team to Syria

UN Security Council Pablo Martinez Monsivais‘Grave Repercussions’ Russia Warns Against Rush to Judgement Use of Force in Alleged Syrian Chemical Attack
Carol Daniels | 12 April, 2018, 07:22

Trump said that Monday that he would make a decision on a response in the next 48 hours.

As the showdown between Russian Federation and the United States got underway, Moscow's Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of "planting this resolution" as a "pretext" to justify action against Syria and "taking yet one more step toward confrontation".

The change of plans comes as US President Donald Trump shelved his first trip to Latin America, scheduled for later this week, saying he wants to "oversee the American response to Syria".

"It will be met, and it will be met forcefully", Trump said before meeting with senior military leaders late Monday.

The Eurocontrol airspace organization said that the European Aviation Safety Agency had sent a "Rapid Alert Notification" that flight operators needed to consider the possibility of air or missile strikes on Syria.

France has previously warned it would respond with strikes on Syrian government forces, if evidence of chemical attacks was found.

USA envoy Nikki Haley has called for a vote on Tuesday on a draft resolution to set up a new inquiry into the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria". The US and other countries then blocked a rival Russian bid to set up a different probe that would require the Security Council to attribute responsibility.

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Some lawmakers criticized Trump's apparent telegraphing by tweet of a missile strike in Syria.

United States officials said that Washington was weighing a multinational military response.

It ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, earlier warned of the potential consequences to Western intervention in Syria, saying that United States attacks on Syria "could lead to grave repercussions". "It is clear that the provocation step has nothing to do with a desire to investigate what happened". Russian Federation vetoed a US-drafted resolution that was supported by 12 of the 15 security council members.

The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Washington "will respond" to the attack regardless of whether the UN Security Council acts.

UN Security Council failed to adopt a Russian-drafted resolution on inquiry into chemical weapons use in Syria on Tuesday.

Mark Wallace, editor of Conservative Party-supporting blog Conservative Home, argued on Tuesday that the United Kingdom parliament's decision not to take military action in 2013 had resulted in the latest chemical attack.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the Kremlin would submit a resolution to the UNSC proposing that inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons investigate the alleged attack.

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