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Trump presses for United Nations vote on chemical weapons in Syria

Trump presses for United Nations vote on chemical weapons in Syriaā€¯

Eleven of the council's 15 members voted in favor of the US-drafted resolution, while Egypt and China abstained.

A Russian-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution to renew an global inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria failed to get the minimum nine votes needed to be adopted on Thursday.

Russia's move drew harsh criticism from US Ambassador Nikki Haley, who said Russian Federation had struck a "deep blow" to United Nations efforts to identify those using chemical weapons and deter future attacks. "The only victor would be the people who want to use chemical weapons in Syria - Assad and the Islamic State".

The President affirmed that Syria has adopted the right policies in the face of those followed by some regional and Western countries that have sought to achieve their interests through spreading chaos in and disrupting the stability of an important and sensitive region like the Middle East without considering the disastrous results that may ensue from that.

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Russian Federation vetoed a US -sponsored Security Council resolution on October 24 that would have renewed the mandate of the experts from the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The 4 April sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of people prompted the United States to launch missiles on a Syrian air base.

Nebenzia said at the time that Moscow wanted to see a JIM report on attacks, which was issued two days later.

Haley tweeted after the vote that "by using the veto to kill a mechanism in Syria that holds users of chemical weapons accountable, Russian Federation proves they can not be trusted or credible as we work towards a political solution in Syria".

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"Russia has killed the Joint Investigative Mechanism ..."

"Everyone in the Security Council would be shooting ourselves in the foot if we allowed that to happen", he said. She accused Moscow of "killing" the resolution, which had received backing from most members of the UN Security Council, and of "undermining" the UN's ability to prevent chemical attacks in the future.

Previous reports by the JIM have found that Syrian government forces were responsible for chlorine attacks on three villages in 2014 and 2015.

Washington and its allies have blamed Assad's government for the Khan Sheikhun attack, but Syria has denied using chemical weapons, with strong backing from Russian Federation.

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