Russian Federation vetoes Syria chemical weapons inquiry

Russian Federation vetoes Syria chemical weapons inquiry

Russian Federation vetoes Syria chemical weapons inquiry

The president is getting closer to a decision on how the US will respond to the apparent chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria. The White House announced Tuesday that he would do so. He noted that Russian Federation was a guarantor of a 2013 agreement to eliminate Syria's entire chemical weapons arsenal, suggesting Moscow shares blame for the suspected gas attack.

"A small punitive strike like past year - basically a military slap on the wrist - would most likely hit military targets directly affiliated with the Syrian chemical weapons program: factories, warehouses or airfields". Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said he and Trump "see eye to eye" on Syria.

At a U.N. Security Council meeting Tuesday, Russia has vetoed a resolution on Syria drafted by the United States on the latest apparent chemical weapons attack, at a time when President Trump is considering launching new military action.

Also, Syria and Russian Federation say two Israeli military airplanes carried out an attack Monday morning on an air base in central Syria.

Nebenzia said the United States resolution, despite Washington claiming to take Moscow's concerns into consideration, was effectively an attempt to resurrect the deprecated Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM).

Russian Federation and Syria have called for the OPCW to send its experts to the rebel-held town of Douma, where toxic gas was allegedly used in an attack on Saturday that killed dozens.

Neither the death toll nor what exactly occurred can be verified as the area is blocked off, with access denied.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it would go to Douma after an appeal to do so.

Both Damascus and Moscow had warned against using the allegations to justify military action against Assad.

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As western leaders mull a response, Trump Monday discussed possible military action that could be taken during a Cabinet meeting with military leaders.

Syrian government forces were on high alert and taking precautionary measures Tuesday at military positions across the country amid fears of a USA strike in the aftermath of the attack near Damascus.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack killed 14 people, including Iranian forces.

The timing of the airstrikes in central Homs province on Monday, hours after President Donald Trump said there would be "a big price to pay" for the chemical weapons attack on Sunday, raised questions about whether Israel was acting alone or as a proxy for the United States. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened that they will "attack whoever threatened it".

"But as long as Russian Federation and Iran continue to be on the ground while President Trump is talking about pulling America's special forces out of Syria", it creates "a confusing situation, just got a lot more confusing", he added.

A Russian warplane flew over a French warship at low altitude in the eastern Mediterranean this weekend, a deliberate breach of worldwide regulations, a French naval source said on Tuesday.

Syrian regime forces have waged an assault since February 18 on Ghouta, that has killed more than 1,700 civilians and left Islamist rebels cornered in their last holdout of Douma, Ghouta's largest town.

After capturing most of Ghouta, Syria and Russian Federation secured two negotiated withdrawals last month that saw 46,000 rebels and civilians evacuate.

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