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Cold War returns in United Nations debate over chemical weapons use

Cold War returns in United Nations debate over chemical weapons use”

The exchange follows the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, and comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria.

In this "bleak panorama", the secretary-general said he was "outraged" by continued reports of chemical weapons use in Syria.

"We will not sacrifice the global order we have collectively built to the Russian desire to protect its ally at all costs", she added.

At least 70 people are reported to have died and more than 500 injured in the suspected attack last Saturday on Douma, the last rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus.

The medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals, he claimed. He added that the Russian military has proof of British involvement, but didn't immediately present it.

The UN Secretary General did not condemn the actions of the states, which conducted attacks in Syria.

The U.N. chief said that the highly volatile situation in the region risks "escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see, with profound regional and global ramifications".

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

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". "Russia promises to shoot down any rocket that will fly to Syria".

According to a statement by the French presidency, Mr Macron called for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

It said it had asked the Syrian government to "make the necessary arrangements for such a deployment".

"But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defence of a principle on which we all agree".

During a meeting of the UN security Council, UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres said that the world is experiencing a period of the cold war.

And he said the safeguards and mechanisms that managed the risk of escalation between the US and the Soviet Union in the past "no longer seem to be present".

US President Trump appeared to roll back somewhat on his threat for a military strike against Syria, tweeting that action could be taken "very soon or not so soon at all".

She said of the alleged chemical attack that "Russia can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its cover-ups".



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