Three resolutions on investigating the alleged chemical attack in a rebel-held area of Syria failed in the UN Security Council on Tuesday amid reports that the USA was preparing to attack facilities of the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Twelve council members voted in favour, while Bolivia joined Russian Federation in voting against, and China abstained.
Russian Federation first vetoed a US-drafted text to create a mechanism that would have the authority to assign blame for chemical attacks in the war-torn country.
Addressing the Security Council, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the Washington-drafted "is the bare minimum that the council can do to respond to the attack". Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the Syria attack was established.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States "went the extra mile" to get Russian support for the resolution to ensure that a new investigative body would be impartial, independent and professional - things she said would not be guaranteed by a rival Russian resolution.
The Security Council, voting yesterday on the three separate draft resolutions, failed to rally the votes needed to launch an "independent mechanism of investigation" into the incident, as delegates voiced frustration over the continued paralysis and the expanding rifts between nations. Russia vetoed a US text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get the minimum nine votes required for approval.
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"Today, I called the Ambassadors of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council to reiterate my deep concern about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control", the United Nations chief said.
It received six votes, seven voted against it and two abstained.
Meanwhile, worldwide chemical weapons experts are expected to go to Douma to investigate a suspected poison gas attack. Four council members - Britain, France, the United States and Poland - voted against it and six others abstained.
"The team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly", it said in a statement.
While Haley had insisted on an independent investigation mechanism in addition to the OPCW fact-finding mechanism, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert praised the Hague-based organisation that won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2013.
As the showdown between Russian Federation and the United States got underway, Moscow's Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of "planting this resolution" as a "pretext" to justify action against Syria and "taking yet one more step toward confrontation".