US, Russia clash at UN over Syria

April 11, 2018

Both the US and Russia bids for an inquiry into the use of chemical weapons in Syria have failed.

Russia has vetoed a US-drafted UN Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria while it's own resolution also failed.

Twelve council members voted in favour of the US resolution, while Bolivia joined Russia in voting no, and China abstained. A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the US to pass.

"This resolution is the bare minimum that the council can do to respond to the attack," US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council before the vote, referring to reports of a deadly poison gas attack in Syria's Douma.

The US and other Western powers consider taking military action over Saturday's attack.

A rival Russian bid to create a new inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria failed after the draft resolution only received six votes in favour.

Seven members voted against and two abstained. A veto can only be cast if a draft wins at least nine votes.

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