Russian Federation and the United States failed Tuesday, April 10, to win support at the UN Security Council for their rival proposals to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria as the threat of military action loomed large.
Rival draft resolutions by both the USA and Russian Federation to set up a new expert body to probe chemical weapons attacks in Syria have failed to pass at the United Nations Security Council.
After vetoing the United States resolution, Russia's Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia said it would have recreated the joint investigative mechanism that lapsed in November 2017, because of a Moscow veto and a similar new body would take a long time to become active.
Last Saturday a chemical attack was reported to have taken place in Douma, where the rebel group Jaish al-Islam controls territory.
"I appeal to the Security Council to fulfil its responsibility and find unity on this issue", he said.
After warning Monday of "grave repercussions" of USA military action, the Russian ambassador urged the United States to "come to your senses" and refrain from ordering strikes on Syria.
Yesterday's meeting marked the 12th time Russian Federation has used its veto to block Council action on Syria.
Later, Nebenzia, addressing Haley directly, said, "I would once again ask you, once again beseech you, to refrain from the plans that you are now developing for Syria".
Mr Nebenzia accused the United States of trying to mislead the worldwide community and said it is "taking one more step toward confrontation".
Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, combs her hair before the start of a Security Council meeting, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at U.N.
"History will record that, on this day, Russian Federation chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people", Ms Haley said, referring to Syrian president Bashar Assad.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for an investigation of the latest allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria.
"We are at a very fragile phase of council deliberations now and we need to reflect carefully on the way forward to ensure that we don't jump into further paralysis (that is) hard to defend or fix", said Skoog.
Five countries - Bolivia, China, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Russia - voted in favor, failing to pass the threshold of nine.
Russia's UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia, speaking following its veto, said the United States was attempting to mislead the worldwide community.
Some diplomats said there were several arguments to justify bombing Syria over the suspected chemical weapons attack.
Since the two Russian resolutions did not get a majority, none of the Western permanent members - the US, France or Britain had to veto them.