United Nations rejects Russian resolution seeking condemnation air strikes on Syria

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China's representative in the United Nations called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take up the responsibility to build unity and consensus and do its utmost to prevent incidents like chemical attacks in Syria's Douma which claimed lives of more than 50 people.

The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites but it also demonstrated again the paralysis of the UN's most powerful body in dealing with the Syria conflict. A draft resolution circulated by the three countries and obtained late Saturday by The Associated Press would condemn all use of chemical weapons, especially the April 7 attack in Douma.

China and Bolivia voted in favor of the resolution, while the U.S., U.K., France, Sweden, Poland, Ivory Coast, Kuwait and the Netherlands opposed it. Eight countries voted against the draft, while four abstained.

The strikes came after the Assad regime was accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Syria's Douma, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

A resolution needs at least nine "yes" votes to be approved.

After the vote, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the USA and its allies "continue to put global politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington".

Russian Federation has warned that any military action against Syria would be in violation of worldwide law as it was carried out without UN Security Council approval.

Ms. Haley added that President Trump told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again.

Russian Federation and Syria claim the attack was fabricated. "When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red line." she said.

She said the message from airstrikes that "crippled Syria's chemical weapons program" was "crystal clear".

Earlier on Saturday, Macron gave the green light to the French military to join the United States and Britain in an operation targeting "clandestine chemical arsenal" in Syria.

The measure will instruct the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to report within 30 days on whether Syria has fully disclosed its chemical weapons stockpile.

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