US, Russia set to clash over Syria sanctions

The council will vote Tuesday on the text drafted by the United States, Britain and France that would punish 11 Syrians and 10 entities linked to chemical attacks in 2014 and 2015.

US, Russia set to clash over Syria sanctions

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia and the United States were headed for a clash at the UN Security Council on Monday as Moscow prepared to veto a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria.

Russia has vowed to use its veto to block the measure, which would be the seventh time that Moscow has resorted to its veto power to shield its Damascus ally.

The vote scheduled for 11:30 am (1630 GMT) would mark the first major council action by the new US administration of President Donald Trump, who is seeking warmer ties with Russia.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley was in Washington on Monday to join Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for a White House lunch, with foreign policy expected to be a focus of discussion.

"How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime?" she said on Friday following a closed-door council meeting to discuss chemical weapons use in Syria.

"People have died by being suffocated to death. That's barbaric."

The vote would see the Trump administration joining old allies France and Britain to confront Russia over its support for Syria.

Russian Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said Friday that Moscow would veto the measure because it was "one-sided" and based on "insufficient proof."

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons in the war that has killed 310,000 people since March 2011.

Fears among European allies of a radical US shift on Russia subsided earlier this month when Haley leveled strong criticism at Moscow for its actions in Ukraine.

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