Boris Johnson 'dismayed' by Russia's UN Syria veto

Posted April 15, 2017

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was Russia's eighth veto in support of President Bashar Assad's regime and asked: "How could anyone look at the faces of lifeless children" and yet veto this resolution?

Looking at the resolution's supporters sitting around the horseshoe-shaped table in the Security Council, Safronkov said: "You are afraid of an impartial investigation".

Earlier Wednesday, Putin said that U.S. -Russia relations have gotten worse during Donald Trump's presidency.

"If the regime is innocent, as Russian Federation claims, the information requested in this resolution would have vindicated them".

The U.S. says the United Nations doesn't need action from the U.S.to investigate because there are already mechanisms in place to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria.

Guest host Nicolle Wallace pressed Earnest claiming, "You can't, you're saying that we wouldn't have gained anything in terms of our credibility in the world by saying something and then doing what we said we would do?"

Trump's relations with Russian Federation are also a domestic issue, as US intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of using computer hacking to intervene in the election to help Trump win.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on his first trip to Russia as secretary of State, has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as his own counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Back in Washington, Trump said: "We're not getting on with Russian Federation at all".

His remarks came as the Security Council discussed a resolution to demand that Assad allows a full investigation into the atrocity which killed 84 people including at least 20 children.

A fact-finding mission from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is investigating the attack.

"Russia once again has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, including the Arab world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn this murderous regime", Haley told the 15-member Security Council. -Russian relations. "The working level of confidence in Russian-American relations, especially at the military level, under the administration of Donald Trump, has not improved, but rather worsened", he said. "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack", added Assad, who has been in power for 17 years.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian leader on Wednesday gave Tillerson his view of the causes of the current "deadlock" in bilateral ties. This has built for a long period of time.

The Syrian government has denied involvement in the attack and blamed rebel groups.

Mr Trump said: "Are we going to get involved with Syria? No".

In an interview with the Fox Business Network, Trump said he was not planning to order USA forces into Syria, but that he had to respond to the images of dead children poisoned in the gas attack.