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UN Security Council to Meet Friday on Syria Crisis - Russian Mission

15 April 2018

Later, a rival Russian bid to create a new inquiry also failed after the proposed resolution received only six votes in favor.

"I merely hope that we do not have in mind this the tip within the case of constructing sure that the data are established ant that there is a true accountability and no additional impunity for the horrendous use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere", Skoog talked about.

Residents in the capital were also bracing for a potential response.

Despite the worldwide revulsion over chemical weapons attacks, the death toll from such incidents in Syria is only a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of combatants and civilians killed since the war began in 2011. The latter attack led to a US airstrike on a Syrian airfield.

According to rescue workers, on Saturday more than 40 people died in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma in an alleged chemical attack, which left victims struggling to breathe, foaming at the mouth and with discolored skin.

U.S. President Donald Trump blamed the suspected attack on Syrian government forces and has threatened to respond militarily, tweeting on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming".

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".

"Russia is holding the Syrian people to political ransom by supporting a regime responsible for at least four heinous chemical attacks against its people".

Assad's government and Russian Federation have said there was no evidence a gas attack had taken place and that the claim was bogus.

The United States, Britain and France have argued the incident bears all the hallmarks of a strike ordered by the regime of Russia's ally Assad, which has been blamed for previous attacks by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). TASS news agency quoted him as saying he believed common sense would prevail. Sablin said Assad is in Damascus and is going to meet the Russian delegation.

A World Health Organization statement Wednesday did not confirm outright that a chemical weapons attack had taken place. The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation have denied that such an attack ever happened.

Russian Federation has been a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, providing air cover for his offensive against the Islamic State group and Syrian rebels.

The Syrian government is carrying out a military campaign to retake Eastern Ghouta.

The threats of USA military movement in opposition to Syria "must make us severely apprehensive, all of us", Nebenzia talked about. Any plan by Washington and its allies to take military action was likely to be on hold until then, the source said.

In a notice posted to Eurocontrol's website, EASA said: "Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken".

UN Security Council to Meet Friday on Syria Crisis - Russian Mission