Worldwide chemical weapons experts will go Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack, their organization said Tuesday, as the United States and other Western powers consider military action over the incident.
The United Nations warned world powers against letting the crisis over an alleged chemical attack against civilians in Syria from "spiraling out of control" after US President Donald Trump said "missiles will be coming".
Russian Federation on Tuesday vetoed a USA -drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, Reuters reported. "We are using the veto in order to protect global rule of law, peace and security, to make sure that you do not drag the Security Council into your adventures", Nebenzia said.
Haley blasted Russia for protecting Syria and said Moscow has emboldened Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime to continue its attacks, while the Russian ambassador to the United Nations said Washington had embarked on an "illegal military adventure".
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Tuesday that inspectors would travel to the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma to investigate reports of the attack that killed as many as 60 people.
Doctors and witnesses have said victims showed symptoms of poisoning, possibly by a nerve agent, and reported the smell of chlorine gas.
France, the United States and Britain planned to put forward a new draft resolution aimed at dismantling Syria's chemical weapons program, wiping out terrorism, demanding a ceasefire across Syria and finding a political solution to the conflict, French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told the council on Saturday.
The Russian permanent representative to the United Nations called the latest attack "fake news" during Monday's Security Council session and slammed the USA, U.K., and France for their "slander, insults, hawkish rhetoric, blackmail, sanctions, and threats to use force against a sovereign state".
"The monster who is responsible for these attacks has no conscience, not even to be shocked by pictures of dead children".
"Any use of chemical weapons is abhorrent".
Bolivia voted against the draft resolution, while China abstained.
Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries to "find unity" on the issue as the diplomatic tensions continue to rise.
The showdown between the United States and Russian Federation at the United Nations came as the threat of Western military action in Syria loomed large.
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". And we have to know that we're taking every precaution necessary, should we take action.
"The situation in the world is becoming more and more chaotic but all the same we hope that common sense will finally prevail and worldwide relations will take a constructive path", he said.
It's also not an entirely new resolution, but one the US has been trying to get passed for months now - updated with the news of this latest reported attack and modified with some of Russia's previous demands as a sign that the U.S.is willing to negotiate on this, the diplomat added.
A team from the OPCW has been tasked with determining if a chemical attack took place but not determining responsibility.
"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Nebenzia said.
Macron said the attack was "limited to the Syrian regime's facilities enabling the production and employment of chemical weapons".