Russia Vetoes United Nations Probe of the Syria Gas Attack

21 April, 2017, 20:59 | Author: Valerie Burke
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However, the Russian President and his officials dismissed United States evidence that Assad had carried out the attack, and Putin added a "bombshell prediction" of his own: Unnamed forces were going to carry out more chemical weapons attacks and blame these on Assad.

"I think he fundamentally doesn't understand the nature of the Russia-China relationship", she said, describing it as pragmatic. But they could have. "They were there. So we'll find out".

"That's a butcher. That's a butcher".

"This reminds me very much of the events of 2003, when United States representatives in the Security Council showed alleged chemical weapons discovered in Iraq".

"Russia is open to this, open to dialogue with the United States in all different areas", he insisted, citing the capitals' shared vision of an "uncompromising" war on terrorism. And although the agreement with Russian Federation led in August 2014 to the destruction of more than 600 metric tons of chemical agents, Assad and his allies carried out some 20 chemical attacks on the Aleppo, Idlib, and Rif Damascus governorates between July 2014 and the end of Obama's presidency.

The abstention by China, which usually sides with Russian Federation in the Security Council, was praised by Trump at a White House news conference.

Mr Trump's comments came at the end of a day of high-level diplomacy in Moscow, after U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson met Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow. On the other, they claim that President Trump is a puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The fate of a war measure may ultimately boil down to whether Trump's strike against Assad last week was the beginning of a larger campaign against the Syrian leader. Russian Federation is a strong country. Yes, it is very hard to look at, but we do not have the luxury of continuing to look away. At the same time, Trump's attack imposed a new responsibility on the USA to follow through with a well-thought out strategy that stands a good chance of ending Syria's horrific civil war and diminishing the North Korean threat.

Today, Russia is continuing to empower Assad by blocking diplomatic moves to hold Syria accountable for its actions.

"It's fabrication. We don't have an arsenal, we're not going to use it. The world's two most foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship".

"We may be at an all-time low" in relations, Trump said at a news conference at the White House following a visit by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's secretary-general.

President Obama, on August 18, 2014: "Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile".

"There is a low level of trust between our two countries", he said.

On the one hand, even liberals have applauded the Trump administration's missile strike against Syria - a Russian ally. Russian Federation says rebels were responsible for whatever chemical agent was used, which the Trump administration calls a disinformation campaign.

The West has accused Assad's forces of carrying out the attack in Idlib province that shocked the world.

"The Syrian strikes last week hasten the interest, but what I am working on with my colleagues is not with respect to action in Syria", said Sen. -Russian ties from both Trump and Tillerson reflected the former Cold War foes' inability to forge better relations, as Trump until recently has advocated. But there was no sign of a breakthrough following the talks, with the two sides seemingly as far apart as ever on Syria.

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