Abril 24, 2018

United Nations to vote three times on Syria as U.S. and Russian Federation duel

11 Abril 2018, 01:38 | Crisanna Felipe

United Nations to vote three times on Syria as U.S. and Russian Federation duel

This image released early Sunday by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus Syria

Separately on Tuesday the president's new national security adviser, John Bolton, appeared to be making personnel changes as he remakes the staff following his arrival on Monday.

The United States has been warning retaliation against what it called chemical attacks by the Syrian army on the rebels, including in Eastern Ghouta, where the Syrian army was steadily advancing. "We must not overlook Russian Federation and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction".

"I would like to remind you that our draft resolution stipulating the formation of such mechanism is pending a United Nations vote and that we are ready to pass it any day", the Russian envoy said.

The alleged attack came as Syrian forces were on the verge of reclaiming Douma, the last town held by rebels in Eastern Ghouta, an area east of Damascus which has been besieged for six years and the focus of a renewed government offensive launched in mid-February.

Concerned that the US would respond with an attack, Russian military allegedly resorted to scrambling the GPS systems of smaller drones operating in the area. So far she has focused on the need to discover the facts about the attack and establish a common global response.

Syrian opposition activists say 40 people died in Saturday night's chemical attack in the town of Douma, the last remaining rebel bastion near Damascus. He added, "Everybody's gonna pay a price".

But if last year's strike wasn't enough to deter Assad, then a repeat performance - even with the inclusion of more allies - is unlikely to send the message, said Frederic Hof, a former White House advisor for Syria under President Obama who also worked on regional issues for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

"The Russian regime, whose hands are all covered in the blood of Syrian children, can not be ashamed by pictures of its victims".

West falsely accusing Syria "in order to pave the way for an attack on Syria like the USA and Britain's criminal aggression against Iraq in 2003".

"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria".

The Syria conflict was further complicated on Monday when unidentified warplanes struck a Syrian air base near Homs, killing at least 14 people, including Iranian personnel.

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces and their allies were on alert and taking precautionary measures Tuesday at military bases and posts in government-held areas across the country amid fears of a US strike in the aftermath of an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria, war monitors said.

However, he added, "a more severe response would aim to degrade the Assad regime's ability to wage war - especially from the air by targeting a wider range of military installations and command posts, such as munitions factories and fix shops, command centers and intelligence facilities".

The United States and other Western powers are considering taking military action over Saturday's attack. Trump said he would make "major decisions" within 24 to 48 hours about how the United States would react.

In the latest in a series of condemnations of Israel, Russia on Tuesday took Israel to task for statements concerning war crimes in Syria.

Vladimir Shamanov, a retired general who heads the defense affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, said in televised remarks Tuesday that a US strike in Syria could hurt Russian servicemen and trigger Russian retaliation.

Citing a foreign ministry source, state news agency SANA said Syria was ready to cooperate with a fact-finding team.

Russian experts had entered Douma Monday and did not find any traces of chemical substances used against civilians, Nebenzia said. "Allowing Iran to strengthen itself in Syria is like accepting that the Iranians strangle us".

May spoke with Trump by telephone on Tuesday afternoon, agreeing that the reported attack was "utterly reprehensible" and that the global community must respond to uphold the worldwide prohibition on chemical weapon use.

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