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Rivaling US, Russia resolutions on Syria chemical weapons fail at UNSC

Rivaling US and Russia drafted UNSC resolutions aimed at creating a new inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria have both failed to garner votes at the Council.

According to Press TV, during the Tuesday session, seven members voted against the Russian-drafted resolution and two abstained, shortly after the US-drafted resolution was vetoed by Russia.

The US drafted resolution proposed to launch a new inquiry to find the sources of the chemical attacks, while the rivaling Russian resolution called for the launching of a probe which would require the UNSC to attribute responsibility.

“History will record that, on this day, Russia chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people,” said US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

“The United States is again trying to mislead the international community and is taking yet one more step toward confrontation,” said Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

“It is clear that the provocation step has nothing to do with a desire to investigate what happened,” he noted.

“If you made a decision to carry out an illegal military endeavor, we hope that you will come to your senses. You will be responsible for it yourselves,” he added.

“Why do you need the attribution mechanism, if you’ve already named the perpetrators before any investigation?” he further noted.

An alleged chemical weapons attack hit the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta region in the suburban area near Damascus late on Saturday, reportedly killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 1,000 others.

The Western countries blamed the incident on the Syrian government. Damascus rejected the accusations as “chemical fabrications,” which were made by the terrorists themselves in a bid to halt pro-government forces’ advances.

Damascus said that the so-called Jaish al-Islam Takfiri terrorist group, which has dominant presence in Douma, was repeating the accusations “in order to accuse the Syrian Arab army, in a blatant attempt to hinder the Army’s advance.”

Third UNSC resolution on Syria fails

A second Russian drafted resolution on supporting a fact-finding mission by the OPCW chemical weapons watchdog also failed during the Tuesday season.

After the measures failed, Nebenzia appealed to the US to “refrain” from any action it might be planning to take against Syria.

“The threats you are proffering that you’re stating vis-a-vis Syria should make us seriously worried, all of us, because we could find ourselves on the threshold of some very sad and serious events,” he said to Haley.

“I would once again ask you, once again beseech you, to refrain from the plans that you’re currently developing for Syria,” he added.