Russia has rejected a US-drafted UN Security Council resolution seeking to launch an inquiry into the suspected chemical attack on Syria’s Douma. “Unfortunately, Russia has chosen the Assad regime again over the unity of this council,” said Washington’s Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Meanwhile, Moscow vowed to respond to any strike on its forces in Syria.

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Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council call for a special inquiry into the suspected chemical attack in Syria. The US-drafted resolution would have seen to the establishment of an investigation committee that would look into the deadly incident, allegedly carried out by Russian-backed Syrian forces.

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley denounced Moscow’s rejection on Tuesday. “The record will not be kind to one permanent member of this council. Unfortunately, Russia has chosen the Assad regime again over the unity of this council,” Haley said. “We have said it before that Russia will stop at nothing to shield the Assad regime.”

Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said no evidence of a chemical weapons attack in Douma has been found, despite reports by aid workers sent to the area. As previously reported by JOL, at an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Monday, Haley told the council members that the United States will respond to the Syrian regime’s alleged chemical attack in Douma. The special meeting was called by several nations, including the US, Poland, Sweden and the UK, to address the reports of the attack in the rebel-held town.

Amid Washington’s avowal to retaliate, Moscow has reiterated it would immediately respond to any strike on its military during a potential US attack. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Russian defense official Yevgeny Serebrennikov said he believes the lives of Russian servicemen would not be in danger in a future attack by Washington.” I think that the United States understands this and will not allow it,” Serebrennikov said, as translated by Russia’s Sputnik news. “Because otherwise, Russia’s response will be immediate, as the chief of the Russian General Staff has said.”