Little is known about what was actually achieved by strikes on Syria
- Author: Megan Austin Apr 18, 2018,
Apr 18, 2018, 0:24
Among the contentious proposals, the draft resolution would establish an independent investigation of allegations of toxic gas attacks in Syria with the aim of identifying the perpetrators.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday the inspectors could not go to the site because they needed approval from the UN Department for Safety and Security. Moscow said they didn't find any evidence of a chemical attack and rejected Western claims that Russian Federation was deliberately stalling the OPCW inspection to destroy all evidence of the attack.
Ken Ward, the US ambassador to the chemical weapons watchdog, claimed Monday that the Russians had already visited the site and "may have tampered with it", which Moscow rejected.
"Last night, USA and allied forces launched precision air strikes against the Syrian regime in response to its use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians".
Haley made clear yesterday the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there "is not done".
The Trump administration is set to roll out new economic sanctions against Russian Federation for aiding Syrian leader Bashar Assad, said the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday. "Chemical weapons have been prohibited for decades and we must enforce this prohibition".
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"Vladimir Putin, in particular, emphasized that if such actions continue in violation of the UN Charter, this will inevitably lead to chaos in global relations", the Kremlin said in a statement about the call. Activists say the alleged chemical attack killed at least 40 people.
The sanctions are the latest effort by the United States to punish the Assad regime and its allies for a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians two weeks ago.
Neither OPCW nor the West is satisfied with that excuse.
The lab contained chlorine and various ingredients for mustard gas, Russian chemical weapons specialist Alexander Rodionov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.
A joint United Nations-OPCW mission concluded the Syrian airforce was responsible for a sarin attack that killed almost 100 people a year ago in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.
Wilson told the OPCW executive meeting: "The time has come for all members of this executive council to take a stand".
The Western military response comes as the Syrian regime, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, has largely turned the war in its favor, retaking large swaths of territory from rebels since Russian Federation intervened in 2015.
Despite their unified stance to rout out chemical weapons from Syria, there has been no consistent strategy voiced by the administrations in London, Paris and Washington over the way forward in Syria.