"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley said, speaking at the U.N. Security Council meeting opened at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.
"History will record that, on this day, Russian Federation chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people", Haley said, referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Retired Lt. Gen. Yevgeny Buzhinsky is the former chief of the Russian Defense Ministry's global department.
During a stormy council meeting, the Russian ambassador warned that a U.S. military strike against Syria could have "grave repercussions" and stressed that the use of chlorine or sarin had not been confirmed in the attack.
Trump's threat of retaliatory military action prompted a slew of Russian comments warning that USA strikes could trigger a direct military clash between them.
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The Syrian government and Russian Federation said there was no evidence that a gas attack had taken place and the claim was bogus. TASS news agency quoted him as saying he believed common sense would prevail.
"The United States...is being run by a neocon (neoconservative) faction that is identical to the kind of ideology which ran the [former US President George] Bush regime", he added.
In September 2014, the United States defended the start of its military action against Islamic State militants in Syria under Article 51.
Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia argued that the attack was staged and said Russian specialists who went to the area took soil samples, "which showed the lack of nerve agent and chlorine-containing substances".
And Syrian envoy Bashar Jaafari said Syria had no chemical weapons stockpiles.
February 2017: Russian Federation and China again vetoed a UN resolution, drafted by Britain, France and the United States that would have imposed sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons use in the conflict.
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Condemning Moscow's veto, US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley said, "History will record that, on this day, Russian Federation chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people".
It comes amid global condemnation of an apparent gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma that left 40 dead and many others gasping for air.
Israel says the attack "joins a long series of similar attacks using chemical weapons" by the Assad regime after it undertook to disarm from such weapons.
The organization is now in the process of gathering information from all available resources in an effort to determine whether chemical weapons were used, and if so - by who.
Asked if it was about the airstrike, Bogdanov only said Russian diplomats want to talk about various issues related to the Syrian war, as well as bilateral relations.
"At a time when Syria is gassing its own men, women, and children to death", Neuer said in a statement, "to see Syria heading the body that is supposed to protect these victims will simply shock the conscience of humanity".
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Sturgeon said the suspected use of chemical weapons was "sickening", but warned that the latest action risked "dangerous escalation".