Russia vetoes Syria draft

UNITED NATIONS: Russia on Tuesday vetoed a US-drafted UN Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Twelve council members voted in favour, while Bolivia joined Russia in voting no, and China abstained.
A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.
“This resolution is the bare minimum that the council can do to respond to the attack,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council before the vote, referring to reports of a deadly poison gas attack in Syria’s Douma.
The United States and other Western powers consider taking military action over Saturday’s attack.
Meanwhile, Russia’s special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev visited Iran for an unannounced meeting, Iranian state media reported, with both sides criticising Western reactions to an alleged chemical attack.