Moscow (April 13, 2018): Russia called for the United Nations Security Council to meet on Friday to discuss Syria and has requested that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres publicly brief the 15-member body, diplomats said on Thursday.
Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected deadly poison gas attack, declaring that missiles “will be coming” and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Dozens of people died and hundreds were injured in the attack, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The 15-member council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia vetoed a US text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass.“Whatever happens next has to abide by international law,” Swedish US Ambassador Olof Skoog told the journalists on Wednesday, referring to US plans for military action.Some diplomats said there were several arguments to justify bombing Syria over the suspected chemical weapons attack.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said earlier Thursday that Douma was under the control of Syrian forces and that some 1,500 opposition fighters had left the city.