U.S. and Russian Federation fight at United Nations over Syria chemical weapons attacks

U.S. and Russian Federation fight at United Nations over Syria chemical weapons attacks

"I would once again ask you, once again beseech you, to refrain from the plans that you're now developing for Syria", Nebenzya told his US counterpart Nikki Haley after the United Nations council failed to agree to a UN-led investigation to determine who was responsible for the attack.

At least 60 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured last Saturday when the Assad regime reportedly launched a chemical attack in Douma.

A rival measure put forward by Moscow failed to garner enough votes for adoption, laying bare the divisions within the council over Syria as the threat of Western military action loomed large.

"You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

"If Russia and other parties, including the (Syrian) regime believe that they were not involved in this attack then they have nothing to fear from the independent investigation the United Nations is seeking", she told ABC radio.

A team of global inspectors is expected to visit Syria to look into the alleged use of chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley shot back, saying "Russia has trashed the credibility of the council".

The incident has sparked worldwide outrage and ratcheted up tensions in the already volatile Mideast, raising the specter of possible imminent American retaliation amid Russia's warnings against any such action, and denials that any chemical weapons attack took place. "It is a travesty", she said. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass. Bolivia voted against it alongside Russian Federation, while China abstained.

Trump - who a year ago launched a missile strike on a Syrian regime air base after another alleged chemical attack - warned Sunday that there would be a "big price to pay".

Mr Trump has said the apparent poison gas attack in Syria will be "met forcefully", but did not give a time-frame for any retaliatory action, and he cancelled a foreign trip on Tuesday to manage the crisis.

According to Haley, that draft was created to give Russian Federation a chance to approve the investigators who were chosen for the task and allow the Security Council to assess the findings of the investigation before any report was released.

Russian Federation also asked the council to vote on a second new draft resolution on Tuesday that would specifically support sending investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog to the site of an alleged deadly attack last Saturday.

The council voted on two proposals put forward by Russian Federation, but both measures failed to garner the nine votes required for adoption.

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