US Says No Agreement Reached On UN Probe

US Says No Agreement Reached On UN Probe

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley speaks with an aid before a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria at the United Nations Headquarters in NY, U.S., April 12, 2017.

Russian Federation vetoed a United Nations draft resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation into a suspected chemical attack that the West blames on President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Lavrov doubled down on Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, repeating denials that Assad's government was to blame for the gas attack, instead saying it may have been faked by Assad's enemies.

The document drafted by the United Kingdom, France and the United States demanded the Syrian military to provide UN investigators with unfettered access to details of their operations on the day of the alleged attack.

The toxic gas attack on April 4 prompted the United States to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base and widened a rift between the United States and Russian Federation.

Speaking at a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the capital Moscow, Tillerson said Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria has used chemical weapons more than 50 times.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the two countries had agreed to work together on an worldwide investigation into the attack that prompted retaliatory American missile strikes.

As long as Trump remains unwilling to undertake a serious military commitment to overthrowing Assad, I don't see the objective served by the rhetoric of Tillerson and Haley.

Lavrov, who was co-hosting the April 12 press conference in Moscow, said progress had been made on Syria and a working group would be established to improve communication between the USA and Russia, Reuters reported.

"He stressed that Russian Federation is in a position to use its influence over the Assad regime to ensure it is never again necessary for the United States to act", Toner said.

Russian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov, center, confers with aides before a Security Council vote on a resolution condemning Syria's use of chemical weapons, Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at U.N. headquarters.

However, Mr Johnson said there was a "large measure of support" for the plan. No one has yet visited the site of the crime. "This means that they do not want success in the peace process", Muallem said during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Lavrov is also subtly mocking Tillerson for the fact that top U.S. State Department positions are unfilled.

Trump, last week, had ordered missile strikes at a Syrian airbase after a chemical attack in the country's Idlib province killed 87 civilians, including many women and children. The U.S. and European nations have increased pressure on Putin to sever ties with Assad, so far to no avail. The resolution also calls on the Syrian government to cooperate fully with the global investigators, including by providing them with "flight plans, flight logs, and any other information on air operations, including all flight plans or flight logs filed on April 4 2017".

Earlier Wednesday, Putin said that U.S. -Russia relations have gotten worse during Donald Trump's presidency. "I believe it was a right and responsible step on the part of the Syrian government to invite the OPCW experts to conduct an investigation".

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