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15 April 2018, 01:27 | Erica Roy
Russia's 12 United Nations vetoes on Syria
Russia has been calling for action to prevent tensions from spiraling out of control after the USA president and his allies threatened to strike Syria in response to the alleged use of poisonous gas in Duma, the last militant stronghold that the Russian military said was retaken by government forces this week.
In 2017, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a sarin attack the United Nations later pinned on Assad.
Had one of the two mechanisms proposed in the drafts been approved, it could have filled the vacuum left by the Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) when its mandate expired last November.
The OPCW said it would "shortly" deploy a fact-finding team to Douma for an investigation, but U.S. officials said they were working from their own information and would not necessarily hold back.
Trump's bellicose tweets came in response to a warning from Russia's ambassador to Beirut, who took to a television network run by the armed group Hezbollah to declare that any USA missiles would be shot down "as well as the sources they were fired from".
Russian Federation and the United States tangled on Tuesday (10 April) at the UN Security Council over Syria as they blocked attempts by each other to set up global investigations into chemical weapons attacks in the war-ravaged country, writeMichelle Nichols and Ellen Francis. Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted - a stark warning of a potential major confrontation.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Western allies are discussing possible military action to punish Assad for a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on a rebel-held town that long had held out against government forces.
The fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was expected to head to Douma, where the suspected attack took place and where Russian Federation said rebels had now capitulated to government control.
"Russia is holding the Syrian people to political ransom by supporting a regime responsible for at least four heinous chemical attacks against its people". Most members of Congress - Democrats in addition to his fellow Republicans - praised Trump after the strike final yr.
"The group is getting ready to deploy to Syria shortly", it stated in an announcement.
The mission will aim to determine whether banned munitions were used but will not assign blame.
The meeting Russian Federation is proposing is meant to address the possibility of potential US military action in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Bashar al-Assad regime.
"Syria is keen on cooperating with the OPCW to uncover the truth behind the allegations that some Western sides have been advertising to justify their aggressive intentions", Syria's state news agency SANA said.
A European supply stated European governments have been ready for the OPCW to hold out its investigation and for extra strong forensic proof from the assault to emerge.
That incident, which killed hundreds, also took place in Eastern Ghouta.
"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", she said. TASS news agency quoted him as saying he believed common sense would prevail.
"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Nebenzia said.
The weekly journal Le Level stated the Russian aircraft had flown over the frigate Aquitaine and was absolutely armed. Or is it only after six years and numerous chemical attacks (paling in comparison with the death wrought by traditional weapon attacks) that forces the United States to consider action?
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