European leaders back Syria strikes, warn against escalation

European leaders back Syria strikes, warn against escalation

A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

Eight countries voted against the Russian-drafted text on Saturday, while Peru, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea abstained.

Trump, who just a week earlier said he wanted to pull USA troops out of Syria "very soon", didn't want to become drawn into the civil war there and instead focused the military response on deterring the use of chemical weapons, according to the official.

Despite a U.S. -Russian agreement to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program after hundreds of people were gassed with sarin in Ghouta on August 21, 2013, the OPCW had been unable to verify that all manufacturing, storage and research facilities were destroyed.

"Canada stands with our friends in this necessary response and we condemn in strongest possible terms" the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The strikes were the biggest foreign military action so far against Syria's regime.

The United States, Britain and France fired more than 100 missiles at Syria early on Saturday in the first coordinated Western military intervention against the Damascus government.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line".

In London, Prime Minister Teresa May said in a statement, "This evening I have authorised British armed forces to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use".

That bid however failed, with only China and Bolivia voting alongside Russian Federation to condemn the air strikes.

"And what's most important is no one contests that the use of chemical weapons can not be tolerated and must be deterred", he said.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the West of "hooliganism" and demanded that it "immediately end its actions against Syria and refrain from them in the future".

The US said it suspected sarin gas also was used.

"Russia must decide", Trump said, "if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace".

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Karen Pierce, UK Ambassador to the United Nations vote against a Russian resolution condemning "aggression" against Syria by the U.S. and its allies during an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria at the U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., April 14, 2018. 9.50am: Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States did the morally right thing when it attacked Syrian chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for an alleged attack on civilians.

"I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today", he said.

The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Guterres renewed his call for an investigation to identify the perpetrators of the chemical attack.

And it would establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks, call for a cease-fire in Syria, unimpeded access for all humanitarian aid, and an urgent resumption of negotiations on a political settlement.

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