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UN rejects Russian attempt to condemn US aggression in Syria

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The overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of "aggression" by the United States, and against today, a vote reflecting support for the allied air strikes on Syrian

But the vote at the end of an emergency meeting called by also demonstrated again the of the UN's most powerful body in dealing with Syria's seven-year conflict.

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the three Western allies got support from only two other countries on the 15-member Security Council China and

By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft the US, UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, and Four countries abstained Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, and

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on in Syria, and its supporters again clashed with the US and its allies over a on April 7 in the suburb of Douma.

The US, UK and said they launched air strikes against Syrian after obtaining evidence that a was used by and its ally called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of use exists in Douma.

US told the council "there is clear information demonstrating Assad's culpability." And she said told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses again "the is locked and loaded" to strike again.

"When our draws a red line, our president enforces the red line," Haley stressed. "The of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using " France's UN said the result of the vote sends "a clear message" that Security Council members recognised the need for the air strikes, and "their proportional and targeted nature."

"And what's most important is no one contests that the use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated and must be deterred," he said. "That is essential."

Russia's UN said the meeting confirmed that the US and its allies "continue to put international and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making myths invented in London, and "

"We put facts contrary to your myths," he said. "If we continue on this path, we will soon reach the diplomacy of the absurd." Russia and also clashed with the three Western allies over the legality of the air strikes and responsibility for the Security Council's

Britain's UN Ambassador blamed Russia for repeatedly vetoing resolutions on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said the UK took military action "to save lives," on the legal basis of "humanitarian intervention." Britain believes "that is wholly within the principles and practices of the United Nations," she said.

Russia's Nebenzia called it "a very sad day for the world, for the UN, for its Charter which was blatantly, blatantly violated, and for the Security Council which has shirked its responsibilities." "I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today," he said.

Looking ahead, Delattre said France, Britain and the will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues.

A draft resolution circulated by the three countries and obtained late Saturday by would condemn all use of chemical weapons, especially the April 7 attack in Douma.

It seeks answers from Syria on gaps in its to the And it would establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks, call for a cease-fire in Syria, unimpeded access for all humanitarian aid, and an urgent resumption of negotiations on a political settlement.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 07:25 IST