Russia Vetoes United Nations Probe of the Syria Gas Attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 1:59
The Russian veto came after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said following talks in Moscow there was a "low level of trust" between the United States and Russia.
On Thursday, April 6, President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian government airbase.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts at a trilateral meeting in Moscow, denounced last week's US attack on Syria as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law and warned that any further such action would entail "grave consequences not only for regional but global security". But he said it was an open question where relations go from here.
We noticed that when the Trump administration came to power, the USA role in the Astana and the Geneva process has been reduced to the very minimum.
Tillerson said President Donald Trump's administration was of the view that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "cannot stay in power".
"It can't be a worst sight".
Russian Federation said the gas was part of rebel stockpiles, which the rebels have denied.
But also, the USA feels right now that it has made the case that Russian support for Assad must end. Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all. "What we do know, and we have very firm and high confidence in our conclusions, is that the attack was planned and carried out at the direction of the Syrian leader".
But that prospect appeared remote, with Trump's secretary of state Rex Tillerson getting a frosty reception in Moscow, and Russian Federation using its UN Security Council veto to swat down a US-backed resolution demanding Syrian cooperation in probing last week's suspected chemical attack.
At that briefing, the official also noted, "We know the Russians have chemical expertise in-country".
Putin has condemned the USA military assault on a Syrian airfield, saying that the move represents an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law under a far-fetched pretext.
Peskov also said Putin had given Tillerson his views on the situation in Syria, and how it was likely to develop.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the meeting sent a "strong message" to Washington.
Lavrov that Moscow has asked Washington about the goal of the buildup and received assurances they were there to cut supply lines between the Islamic State group factions in Syria and Iraq.
Mr Lavrov also disputed the USA claim that the Syrian government was behind the chemical attacks on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4th, stating that Russian Federation had "no confirmation" chemical attacks had taken place and was calling for an independent investigation.
"The global community has spoken".
"Not everybody is happy about the progress that we ensured together with our Turkish and Iranian counterparts, as well as with the Syrian government and Kazakhstan, while the United States participated as an observer at the Astana talks", Lavrov said.
Wayne White, former deputy director of the State Department's Middle East intelligence office, told Xinhua that the idea of Washington and Moscow reaching a consensus is highly unlikely.
Russian President Vladimir Putin harshly denounced the attack, calling it an "act of aggression" as well as violating worldwide law.