Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution to condemn Syria chemical attack

Meanwhile on Thursday U.S. President Donald Trump said that "things will work out fine" between the United States and Russian Federation, only a day after he said U.S.

Trump has given such criticism short shrift, decrying the "vicious slaughter of innocent civilians with chemical weapons" and calling Assad a "butcher" and an "animal".

Earlier, Tillerson said he had a "productive" meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Wednesday, despite palpable tension between the US and Russia.

When asked whether Russian Federation had prior knowledge about the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, Trump said it's "possible", but "unlikely" that Russian Federation had known in advance of Syria's plan to launch a chemical weapons attack on its own citizens.

He said the U.S. attack on the Syrian air base "was carried out in violation of global norms".

But the day before the United Nations vote, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a United Nations investigation into the incident -- though he blamed the incident on rebels, not Assad.

The Kremlin, which has supported Assad since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, has backed up the Syrian leader, claiming he was not responsible for the attack.

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Putin said that he realized that Russian Federation will receive criticism for its role in Syria, but he hoped that eventually positions will be eased.

Nikki Haley, ., said, "Russia once again has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, even the Arab world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn the murderous regime". "We'll see what happens".

The United States intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical weapons experts discussing plans for a poison gas attack in Idlib province, CNN reported, citing an unidentified senior intelligence official.

The US launched cruise missile strikes on a Syrian regime airbase in retaliation for the suspected attack.

Jens Stoltenberg, who heads up the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, said that "any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. those accountable must be held responsible". President Donald Trump at a news conference later spoke less-than-optimistically about whether the efforts would bear fruit.

Putin, in a television interview ahead of the talks, was more blunt about the new chill in ties, and firmly rejected Washington's view of the Syrian attack.

Calling for an "objective and unbiased probe" into the chemical attack in Syria, Lavrov said that Russian Federation has no intention to shield anyone responsible for the incident and repeated Russia's view that the Syrian government was not responsible for the attack.

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