US, Russia fail to win support at UN on resolutions for investigating chemical attack in Syria
Twelve of the 15 council members backed the US-drafted measure. Bolivia voted against it alongside Russia, while China abstained. President Donald Trump has warned that there will be a "big price to pay" for the alleged use of toxic gas in Douma that killed at least 40 people, according to Syrian medics and rescuers. US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Russia was to blame for the council's failure to take action on Syria, now in its eighth year of war.
e the West charged would compromise its independence.A second defeated Moscow-drafted resolution would have offered backing for the fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to Syria, but would not identify the perpetrators of attacks.
Twelve of the 15 council members backed the US-drafted measure. Bolivia voted against it alongside Russia, while China abstained.The two Russian draft resolutions won six and five votes respectively.
A draft resolution requires nine votes to be adopted in the 15-member council and no veto from the five permanent members -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.Russia and Syria have called for the OPCW to send its experts to Douma, where toxic gas was allegedly used in an attack on Saturday that killed dozens.
The OPCW has said the team of experts will deploy to Syria shortly.The US proposal would have revived the work of a previous panel, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism, that shut down in November when Russian vetoed the renewal of its mandate.That panel had found that the Syrian air force had dropped sarin on the village of Khan Sheikhun in April of last year.