Russia demands UN Security Council condemn Syria missile attack but fails

DW – April 14, 2018

The United Nations Security Council on Saturday rejected a Russian resolution to condemn Western strikes on Syria.

Moscow called the emergency Council meeting after the US, France and the UK fired scores of cruise missiles at what they said were chemical weapons facilities in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Damascus last week.

How the meeting went

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged restraint and asked states to avoid any escalation.
  • Guterres renewed his call for an investigation to identify the perpetrators of the chemical attack.
  • Russia filed a draft resolution condemning the missile attack as a violation of international law and the UN Charter, and demanding the US and its allies cease aggression against Syria.
  • Only Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favor. Eight countries voted against the draft. Four abstained.