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Syria, Russia accuse Israel of airstrike, deny chemical attack

Syria, Russia accuse Israel of airstrike, deny chemical attack

Diplomats said the United States was pushing for a vote on Tuesday on its draft resolution setting up a Syria gas attacks inquiry, but Russian Federation could veto the measure.

"We are quick to condemn chemical weapons in the Security Council, but then Russian Federation prevents any action, vetoing five resolutions on this issue alone", his USA counterpart Nikki Haley responded.

Nebenzia rejected a United States call for the world body to set up a probe to identify the perpetrators of what rescuers called a "poisonous chlorine gas attack" late Saturday in the enclave of Douma, near Damascus.

The conference's presidency is rotated among 65 member states based on alphabetical order.

"Russia, through the UN Security Council, has the ability to get a unanimous outcome from the UN Security Council so that action should be taken, and by using its veto [it is] preventing that action to stop the conflict in Syria".

French President Emmanuel Macron was quick to engage with the White House, which announced that us will be coordinating with France on a response, military or otherwise.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Moscow will not accept "provocation and speculation" around the latest suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, the Kremlin said.

John McCain, the Arizona Republican who's the chairman of the Armed Services Committee and supports a robust United States military presence in Syria, blasted Trump and said he had "emboldened" Assad when he said last week that he wanted to pull American forces out of the country.

Trump vows that even Russian President Putin will pay a price if the trail of blame leads to him.

"Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the U.S. that armed force under a mendacious pretext against Syria where - at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed - could lead to grave repercussions. We are meeting our military. and we'll be making some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours", Trump said.

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Trump told a meeting with military leaders and national security advisers he would make a decision by Monday night "or very shortly thereafter" on a response, adding that the United States had "a lot of options militarily" on Syria.

Saturday's suspected poison gas attack unfolded in a rebel-held town near Damascus amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce.

At least 42 people were killed in a chemical attack in Syria on Saturday.

The war in Syria has become more complicated and deadly in the past days - just as it appeared to be coming to a conclusion with a military victory for the government and President Bashar Assad still in power.

Trump said no action was "off the table" and also conferred with Vice President Mike Pence and his new national security adviser, John Bolton.

"And when I will not say, because I don't like talking about timing".

The situation is being discussed on Monday by the UN Security Council - a group of countries that work together to try to bring peace - and the European Union has called for an "immediate response by the global community". Mattis added that the administration will work with other countries to "address this issue".

Which brings us to the Question of the Week: What should Trump do about Syria? Second, an air attack, apparently by the Israelis, was carried out on Sunday against a Syrian airbase, following up on an Israeli attack in February. They are saying Israeli fighter jets launched the missiles from Lebanon's air space. More than 40 people were reportedly killed.

The Trump administration authorized cruise missile attacks on a Syrian air base in April a year ago, after declaring the Syrian government responsible for a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians.

"President Trump last week signaled to the world that the United States would prematurely withdraw from Syria".


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