New York, April 13: Russia on Wednesday eighth time used its veto power at the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) to block action directed at its ally Syria. Notably, Russia vetoed the UN Security Council resolution demanding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government cooperate with an investigation into the deadly chemical attack in Northern Syria due to which 72 innocent peoples were killed and 60 others injured.
However, US, Britain, France and several other western countries blamed Assad's forces and believed him to be responsible for the deadly chemical attack. Notably, the resolution, which was being pushed by the US, Britain and France, was aimed at bolstering support for international inquiries into a deadly toxic gas attack in Syria.
Ten nations on the 15-member Security Council voted Wednesday in favor of the resolution condemning the attack. Bolivia joined Russia in voting against the resolution. China, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstained.
Interestingly, France, U.K. and U.S. introduced the resolution in response to the suspected Syrian attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, which killed more than 80 people, including women and children. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airbase in response, and administration officials have said evidence clearly shows that Assad’s forces were behind the attack. But Russia contends the chemicals belonged to terrorists.
The UN vote came shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov on Syria and other issues dividing their countries. According to the sources, Russia wants an international investigation of the chemical attack, but the resolution offered by U.S. and its allies was aimed at more at legitimizing the arguments against Syria.