Despite warm greetings the US and Russia clashed over competing resolutions at the UN Tuesday.With Russia and Syria, the only countries to vote against a US resolution that would have demanded access to the scene of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Duma and would have created a new investigative mechanism to identify who is responsible. Since Russia has veto power, the world body is deadlocked--provoking a strong response from the US ambassador.
History will work will record that on this day Russia chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people.A proposed Russian resolution did not get enough votes to pass.Inspectors from the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons),international chemical weapons watchdog are heading to Duma to determine if banned weapons were used. State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert welcomed this but said the world wants to know who is responsible.
Because not only do you need that body to investigate what exactly was used but you need a body to be able to determine who was responsible for it and that’s exactly what the joint investigative mechanism did. Now we do know that some sort of a substance was used, a chemical was used,we’re just not sure at this point today exactly what was we used.
Earlier Tuesday White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump is working closely with Britain, France and other US allies to forge a forceful response.Also as you may have seen the president spoke this morning with British Prime Minister Theresa May.Both leaders condemned Syrian President Assad’s vicious disregard for human life and agreed not to allow the use of chemical weapons to continue.To that end the president will not attend the summit of the Americas or travel to Colombia as originally scheduled.The president also met with the Emir of Qatar who said they both agree that the atrocities in Syria have to end.
Cindy Saine, VOA News, The State Department.