Russian Federation tests White House with Security Council veto

Russian Federation and China on Tuesday vetoed a United Nations resolution backed by Western powers that would have imposed sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons use.

The measure, backed by the Western powers of Britain, France and the United States, would have imposed sanctions on 21 Syrians, organizations and companies that were allegedly involved in chemical attacks in 2014 and 2015.

Nikki R. Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the UN during the Security Council meeting on Syria use of Chemical weapons on there Civilian Population today at the UN Headquarters in NY.

A day later, however, as the Syrian conflict enters its 7th year and fragile peace talks continue, the United Nations was presented with yet more evidence of war crimes committed by Syrian President Bashar Assad against his own people - and against worldwide aid providers.

She said the United States has already designated every person and every entity listed in the draft resolution for sanctions and vowed to work with the European Union and other partners to push for similar sanctions as soon as possible.

China backed Russian Federation and cast its sixth veto on Syria.

"Russia and China made an outrageous and indefensible choice today", she said in remarks immediately after the vote.

"They put their friends in the Assad regime ahead of our global security", new American envoy Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council after the vote. "It would only hurt or undermine confidence during the process", he said.

But Russia was unmoved. "The agenda has been outlined by the decisions of the UN Security Council, first and foremost, by the Resolution 2254", TASS cited Lavrov as saying.

The vetoed resolution followed a UN-led probe that claimed the Syrian government was behind at least three attacks involving chlorine gas, Press TV reported.

The 193-member Assembly, where no country has veto power, adopted the resolution by a vote of 105 to 15 with 52 abstentions.

The Security Council voting on Tuesday on a draft resolution aiming to impose sanctions on Syria for the use of chemical weapons. U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson responded to the result of the vote with disappointment, noting "the U.K will continue to seek justice for the victims of these heinous chemical weapons attacks". US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Friday following a closed-door council meeting to discuss chemical weapons use in Syria. "The Trump administration has a very clear position that is also our French position, the British position and the position of the majority of members of the Security Council", he said.

After Tuesday's vote Britain's ambassador to the U.N., Matthew Rycroft, challenged that argument.

Russia, Syria's closest ally, joined Western nations in establishing the joint investigation, known as the JIM, to determine responsibility for chemical attacks.

  • Rogelio Becker