World powers clash with Russia at UN over Syria chemical attack

DW – April 5, 2017

Western powers strongly denounced Russia’s allegiance to the Syrian regime during Wednesday’s emergency UN Security Council talks.

The US, Britain and France proposed a draft UN Security Council resolution, pinning the blame on Damascus for Tuesday’s horrific chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. More than 70 people were killed and hundreds were hospitalized for respiratory difficulties.

Wednesday’s talks ended without a vote after Russia rejected the proposed resolution, calling it “categorically unacceptable.”

American officials adopted a markedly tougher tone with Russia on Wednesday. The US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley – holding up photographs of lifeless victims, including children – accused Russia and Iran of having “no interest in peace” by continuing to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – who she described as “a man with no conscience.”