Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia has warned the U.S. against military action on Syria.
The Portuguese diplomat reported that a mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has already arrived in Syria to clarify the facts of the alleged use of chemical weapons and soon, a second team must be added.
"I urge all Member States to show restraint in these risky circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation, " he said.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says "the Cold War is back with a vengeance but with a difference".
In remarks to the Security Council in NY, he said: "I appeal to the Security Council to fulfil its duties and not give up on efforts to agree upon a dedicated, impartial, objective and independent mechanism for attributing responsibility with regard to the use of chemical weapons".
"I wish there was dialogue through appropriate channels to avert any unsafe development".
"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria", Haley said.
But France's United Nations ambassador Francois Delattre told the council that in choosing once again to use banned chemical weapons against civilians, Assad's regime had "reached a point of no-return".
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France warned that Syria's regime had reached a "point of no return" by using chemical weapons and vowed to confront the "intolerable threat" of such attacks to global security.
"Unilaterally taking military action by circumventing the Security Council is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the U.N. Charter and runs counter to the norms of global law and those governing worldwide relations".
A suspected poison gas attack in the suburbs of the Syrian capital, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn worldwide outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria. The United States and other countries then blocked a rival Russian bid to set up a different probe that would require the Security Council to attribute responsibility.
"I'm not going to say which day we absolutely knew that there was proof".
Noting that inspectors from the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were due to visit the site shortly, it underlined the Damascus government's commitment that they will have full access and freedom of movement.
"Mechanisms and precautionary measures to contain the risks of escalation that existed in the past appears to no longer be available", said the Secretary General. The Syrian government has denied the allegations.
"History will record that, on this day, Russian Federation chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people", Haley said, referring to Assad.
Russian Federation vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution Tuesday that would have established a new expert body to determine culpability for the suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta on April 8. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, speaks at a briefing in Moscow on April 13, 2018. On April 10, Russian Federation again vetoed a resolution that would have established a United Nations mechanism to attribute responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria.