Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Russian Mission to UN Presented New Draft Resolution on Syria Chemical Attack

Russian Mission to UN Presented New Draft Resolution on Syria Chemical Attack

Washington blames Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Moscow says Syrian rebels are responsible.

On Wednesday Damascus ally Russian Federation vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution to condemn the attack and push the Syrian government to cooperate with investigators.

After meeting with Tillerson, Sergey Lavrov warned the USA against any attempt to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, saying it could lead to chaos as it did in Iraq and Libya, the CBC reports. Trump added that he discussed with Stoltenberg additional steps to improve the bloc's fight against terrorism in Syria and around the world.

Any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing U.S. investigations into Russia's activity connected to the U.S. presidential election.

Boris Johnson has urged Russian Federation to stop "acting as a lifeline for Assad's murderous regime" in Syria and instead to "live up to its responsibilities as a global power".

Putin received Tillerson at the Kremlin along with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after the top diplomats held several hours of talks dominated by the fallout of an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Mr Tillerson said it was the position of the U.S. that Mr Assad should go as part of a political solution to the Syrian conflict.

Despite initial hopes in Moscow of better ties with the United States under President Donald Trump, the two powers have descended into a furious war of words over the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun and the retaliatory U.S. strike against the forces Kremlin ally Assad. "We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russian Federation", said Trump. "They were there", Trump said.

'Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person, ' Trump said, referring to Assad. "No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie".

"So I am dismayed that Russian Federation has once again blocked the UN Security Council and in so doing refused to condemn the use of chemical weapons or support a full UN investigation into the attack".

He also rejected American claims of certain evidence that Assad ordered the chemical attack.

The attack is the latest diplomatic flashpoint between the West and Russian Federation, which backs Syrian dictator Assad, whom the Americans blame for gassing a rebel-held town and killing scores of people, including more than 30 children.

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