Russia Vetoes UNSC Condemnation of Assad's Chemical Attack

While 10 of the Council’s 15 members voted in favour Russia rejected the text against Syria. China as well as non-permanent members Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained

During his campaign, then President-elect Donald Trump pledged that he would have a much better relationship with Russian Federation than President Barack Obama had.

US ties with Russian Federation are at an "all-time low" due to Syria, President Donald Trump has said, adding that they want to improve ties with their Cold War enemy. "This means that they do not want success in the peace process", the top Syrian diplomat said, according to SANA news agency.

Afghanistan officials say the US attack on a tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the USA military killed 36 IS fighters.

During a meeting with his Russian Counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Moallem said the U.S. aggression was aimed at disabling peace process in the war-hit country. "Right now, we're not getting along with Russia at all - we may be at an all-time low in terms of our relationship with Russia", Trump said alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on April 12.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday called for the United Nations' chemical weapons watchdog to send an worldwide group of inspectors to investigate an alleged toxic gas attack in Syria last week. He told CBS's "Face the Nation" that the threat of ISIS would first need to be reduced, then "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria".

Damascus values highly Russia's position regarding the United States aggression against Syria, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Thursday. "But we are sure in advance that the west will not agree to it", Muallem said during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

China puts cruise missile bombers on 'high alert' amid North Korea fears
Han told the BBC that North Korea believed its nuclear weapons "protect" it from the threat of USA military action. Syria's state news agency has even referred to the U.S. as a "common adversary" of Syria and North Korea .

Russian Federation vetoed a Western draft United Nations resolution Wednesday saying it failed to mention the need to inspect the area of the attack.

Iran, Russia and Syria deny that the authorities in Damascus were behind the attack, in which more than 80 people were killed and hundreds injured.

The missile attack on Assad's air base hurt Russia's prestige.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the meeting sent a "strong message" to Washington. "However, the question is if there will be new attempts to carry out aggression against Syria".

Russian Federation has staunchly backed Assad's government throughout Syria's six-year civil war.

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