Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Russia Vetoes UNSC Condemnation of Assad's Chemical Attack

Russia Vetoes UNSC Condemnation of Assad's Chemical Attack

On Wednesday (Thursday NZT), Secretary of State Rex Tillerson emerged from a almost two-hour meeting with Putin saying the two countries had reached a "low point" in relations.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called claims of a chemical weapon attack by the Syrian government "fabricated" and said he welcomes an "impartial investigation", according to SANA.

Meanwhile on Thursday U.S. President Donald Trump said that "things will work out fine" between the United States and Russian Federation, only a day after he said U.S. "Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person", Trump said, referring to Assad. But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing U.S. investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's U.S. presidential election.

"Our impression is that the West, principally the USA, is colluding with terrorists, and that it made up this whole story to serve as the pretext for an attack", Assad said in the interview released Thursday.

On Wednesday, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution demanding a probe, prompting Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to say Moscow had put itself "on the wrong side of the argument".

The details of the new understandings were not made public, but Syrian foreign ministry officials were invited by Russian Federation and will hold meetings in Moscow on Thursday, following the meeting between the USA official and Putin.

The Syrian representative noted that the Syrian government, basing on its firm principles, has joined the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Convention and fulfilled its obligations in this regard since it made unprecedented achievement in the OPCW's history and ended the Syrian chemical weapons program in record time, back in 2014.

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Russian Federation vetoed a Western draft United Nations resolution Wednesday saying it failed to mention the need to inspect the area of the attack. "We want an honest investigation". I wouldn't use the word impossible.

In his first public comments on the April 6 US missile attacks, Assad told the Agence France-Presse news agency in Damascus that neither his troops, nor his government's "firepower" has been affected. I think the word impossible is not right. "No", Trump said. But, he added, "I see them using gas. we have to do something".

"Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists".

"The U.S. isn't serious in looking for any kind of a political solution", Assad said.

"There is growing evidence that this was staged, meaning the incident with the use of chemical weapons in Idlib province".

This satellite image released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows a damage assessment image of Shayrat air base in Syria, following U.S. Tomahawk missile strikes, April 7, 2017.

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