Russia blocks UN resolution condemning Syria for chemical weapons attack

The United Nations Security Council failed to pass a resolution condemning the Syrian government following a veto by the Russian delegation, the Hill reports.

The council vote was in response to chemical attacks performed by Syria on its own people that left at least 70 dead (including 10 children). In response to the attacks, the United States launched missile attacks against the Syrian airbase where the chemical assault originated from.

The Russian government condemned the U.S. for its response, and officials from Moscow said the attack on the airbase set back relations between the two nations.

“It’s clear that Russian-American relations are in their worst period since the end of the Cold War,” the Russian foreign ministry said this week.

Russia maintains that Syria didn’t launch the chemical attacks, though U.S. officials say that Russia is also complicit in covering them up.

The United Nations Security Council consists of 15 members, 10 of which rotate and five which are permanent fixtures. The five permanent members of the council include the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom. A resolution from the Security Council requires a majority vote, though any of the five permanent members may veto it.

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