United States allies warn of action on suspected Syria chemical attack

United States allies warn of action on suspected Syria chemical attack

United States allies warn of action on suspected Syria chemical attack

If Russia, China, France, the United States, or the United Kingdom votes against a draft resolution, the measure is defeated without question.

Trump on Tuesday cancelled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the response to the events in Syria.

Donald Trump has warned military action is imminent in Syria, declaring missiles "will be coming".

The Eurocontrol warning on its website did not specify the origin of any potential missile threat.

The Russian military said on March 13 that it would respond to any US strike on Syria, targeting any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack.

The Eurocontrol airspace organization said that the European Aviation Safety Agency had sent a "Rapid Alert Notification" that flight operators needed to consider the possibility of air or missile strikes on Syria.

Diplomats said the United States was pushing for a vote on Tuesday on its draft resolution setting up a Syria gas attacks inquiry, but Russian Federation could veto the measure.

Russia's representative accused the US of simply seeking a pretext to justify further use of force against Syria, Michele reported. Trump tweeted, referring to Moscow's alliance with Assad.

"If you took the decision to carry out an illegal military adventure - and we do hope that you will come to your senses - well then you will have to bare responsibility for it", said Nebenzia.

While Haley and Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia were seen greeting each other with handshakes and kisses on the cheek prior to the meeting, the mood quickly changed as the diplomats hurled accusations at each other.

The condemnation from Western leaders follows a tense meeting at the UN Security Council in which the United States and Russian Federation traded harsh words over the incident. "It is clear that the provocation step has nothing to do with a desire to investigate what happened".

In the 15-member Security Council, 12 voted in favour of the proposal, while Bolivia joined Russian Federation in voting "no" and China abstained.

Addressing the Security Council, Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said the Washington-drafted "is the bare minimum that the council can do to respond to the attack".

Russian Federation first vetoed a US-drafted text to create a mechanism that would have the authority to assign blame for chemical attacks in the war-torn country.

Since Saturday's incident, Washington has been in discussion with Britain and France, raising the prospect of co-ordinated Western military action.

The statement by the Foreign Ministry in Damascus comes as a war of words is raging between Washington and Moscow over last weekend's suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital.

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