Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution to condemn Syria chemical attack
23 April, 2017, 03:28 | Author: Essie Rivera
"I think he had a very successful meeting in Russia", Trump said.
Mr Lavrov said there was no evidence of regime guilt for the attack and flatly rejected calls for Russian Federation to collaborate in regime change, saying "we already knew all too well how this ends".
Lavrov has said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and he agreed at their recent meeting that new missile attacks on Syria would be unacceptable.
Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from Moscow, said the press conference highlighted the two diplomats' "differences in style, in position and in views of the world".
The US now assesses that Syria has re-established a unit of personnel associated with chemical weapons that existed before the 2013 agreement in which the Syrian government pledged to give up its weapons inventory.
But amid the recent mutual recriminations over Syria, Tillerson demanded that Russian Federation end its support of the Syrian regime following the April 4 chemical weapons attack in the town of Khan Shaykhun.
The UN motion also would have forced the Syrian Assad government to cooperate in an worldwide investigation into the incident.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis highlighted the fight against extremism as a shared mission of the United States and Turkey, while his Turkish counterpart was in Washington on Thursday.
Looking at the resolution's supporters sitting around the horseshoe-shaped table in the Security Council, Safronkov said: "You are afraid of an impartial investigation".
But even if there is a definitive finding of Russian complicity, it's not clear the Pentagon or the White House would make that information public, a senior United States official said. Tillerson formerly led Exxon Mobil's oil operations in Russian Federation, as NPR's Colin Dwyer has reported.
Russian Federation had earlier vetoed a United Nations resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the suspected chemical attack, saying that Moscow had consistently expressed its "categorical disagreement" with the draft resolution, which led to further criticism from the West including the US. Mr. Trump on the campaign trail espoused his "America first" philosophy, saying he would beef up America's military presence, but avoid tumultuous areas like the Middle East to focus on American interests.
Putin denounced the US strike and called the chemical attack a provocation aimed at blaming Assad.
The West-drafted resolution was supported by ten votes at the UN Security Council, which forced Moscow to veto it. Bolivia voted against the resolution alongside Russian Federation, while Kazakhstan, China and Ethiopia abstained.
Former President Barack Obama's policy on Syria was that the use of chemical weapons would draw "a red line" which, if crossed, would trigger United States military intervention.
Syria believes that the peace processes at Astana and Geneva have been undermined by the current administration of US President Donald Trump.
The news comes as the people of France prepare to cast their votes on Sunday in the first stage of a two-part election. More than 230 people have died in Islamist militant attacks in the country over the past two years.
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