Updated: 11/04/18 : 10:11:23Printable Version
Russia has urged the US to avoid taking military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you're
currently developing," Moscow's UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia said on
He warned Washington that it will "bear responsibility" for any "illegal military adventure" it carries out.
But Western leaders say they have agreed to work together to target those responsible for the attack in Douma.
French President Emmanuel Macron said any strikes would target Syrian government chemical facilities.
President Donald Trump has promised a "forceful" response, and he and
his Defence Secretary, James Mattis, have cancelled travel plans this
Syrian opposition activists, rescue workers and medics say
dozens of people died in a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held
town of Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region.
President Bashar al-Assad's government - which receives military backing from Russia - denies being behind any chemical attack.
warning from Moscow came during a divided meeting of the UN Security
Council which failed to pass any measures to set up an inquiry into the
As permanent members of the council, Russia and
the US both have the power to veto. They both blocked each other's
proposals to set up independent investigations.
resolution would have allowed investigators to apportion blame for the
suspected attack, while Russia's version would have left that to the
A team from the Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is due to deploy to Syria
"shortly" to determine whether banned weapons were used in Douma.
But the OPCW will not seek to establish who was responsible for the attack.