dglobalnews.com Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria attack, China abstains
Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria attack, China abstains

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria attack, China abstains

At a joint news conference, Tillerson told reporters that Russian Federation and the United States agreed to seek a "unified, stable Syria" and work together to oppose North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Russia's alleged meddling in the US presidential election also hovered over the first face-to-face encounter between Putin and a Trump administration Cabinet member.

Tillerson gave a similar assessment during an earlier press conference with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, after meeting at the Kremlin with Vladimir Putin for almost two hours.

Mr Tillerson said there was no doubt that the attack had been planned and executed by the Syrian regime, which has used chlorine bombs on more than 50 occasions. -Russian ties and identify problems.

But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria. "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack", added Assad, who has been in power for 17 years. And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.

Trump told Fox Business Network that his strikes were exclusively because Assad used chemical weapons. The move was widely praised by USA allies but drew criticism from Syria's chief global partners, Russian Federation and Iran. We maintain communications with the Russian military and with the diplomatic channels. The diplomats know each other well from Tillerson's days as Exxon Mobil CEO. Putin had even honored Tillerson with a friendship award.

Calling for an "objective and unbiased probe" into the chemical attack in Syria, Lavrov said that Russian Federation has no intention to shield anyone responsible for the incident and repeated Russia's view that the Syrian government was not responsible for the attack.

But if this was the chance to find common ground before the Trump administration attempts any new action on Syria, it has ended in failure.

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It was the eighth veto by Russian Federation, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, on a Western-backed Syria resolution and reflected the deep division that has left the U.N.'s most powerful body struggling to tackle the use of banned chemical weapons and to help end the six-year Syrian conflict.

"We responded, along with friend and allies, in a way that made it clear that Russian Federation was extremely isolated on this issue and on the issue of Syria broadly and the behavior of the Assad regime". He said that the intercept was part of a review of USA intelligence following the assault to confirm responsibility for the use of chemical weapons.

Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election also hovered over what was the first face-to-face encounter between Putin and any Trump administration Cabinet member. But any such expectations have been dashed amid the war in Syria and ongoing USA investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's United States presidential election.

The war led to the emergence of the Islamic State jihadist group, which seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014 but has since lost much of its territory.

Mr Trump has voiced caution on his relationship with Mr Putin, and said he would wait and see about future ties with Moscow. "I would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have". "We're not going into Syria", Mr. Trump said in the interview.

Trump repeated his call for other member states to contribute more funding to the alliance, saying European states "must pay what they owe".

And Putin, who USA intelligence agencies say tried to help Trump get elected, insisted that relations with the US had only gone downhill since Trump took office in January.

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