Russia fails in UN bid to condemn US-led strikes on Syria

UNITED NATIONS, April 14 (Reuters) - A Russian bid for the United Nations Security Council to condemn U.S., British and French air strikes on Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack failed on Saturday after only China and Bolivia joined Russia to vote in favor of a draft resolution.

The 15-member council met on Saturday, at Russia's request, the fifth time it has met on Syria since a suspected deadly poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma a week ago. The United States, France and Britain fired 105 missiles overnight in retaliation, targeting Syria's chemical weapons program.

"Why didn't you wait for the outcome of the investigation you called for?" Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said after the vote. He accused the United States, France and Britain of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for international law."

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NEW YORK, USA - APRIL 14: Vasily Nebenzya, Ambassador of the Russian Federation votes in favor of Russias resolution condemning aggression by US and its allies during a UN Security Council meeting following the United States, United Kingdom and France attacks on chemical weapons positions in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on April 14, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - APRIL 14: Vasily Nebenzya, Ambassador of the Russian Federation votes in favor of Russias resolution condemning aggression by US and its allies during a UN Security Council meeting following the United States, United Kingdom and France attacks on chemical weapons positions in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on April 14, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - APRIL 14: Sacha Llorenty, Bolivia Ambassador to the United Nations (C) and Ma Zhaoxu, Ambassador of China to the United Nations (R) votes in favor of Russias resolution condemning aggression by US and its allies during a UN Security Council meeting following the United States, United Kingdom and France attacks on chemical weapons positions in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on April 14, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - APRIL 14: Karen Pierce, UK Ambassador to the United Nations (L) and Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations (R) votes against Russias resolution condemning aggression by US and its allies during a UN Security Council meeting following the United States, United Kingdom and France attacks on chemical weapons positions in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on April 14, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - APRIL 14: Bashar Jaafari, permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations gives a speech during a UN Security Council meeting following the United States, United Kingdom and France attacks on chemical weapons positions in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on April 14, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (L to R) Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari shakes hands with Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya at the end of a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: The UN Security Council holds a vote on Russian proposed draft resolution that would 'condemn the aggression against Syria by the U.S. and its allies' during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. On Friday night, the United States and European allies launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetoes a Russian proposed draft resolution that would 'condemn the aggression against Syria by the U.S. and its allies' during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. Russia on Saturday failed to win UN backing for a condemnation of military strikes launched by the United States, Britain and France on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: The United Nations Security Council hold an emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Members of the Syrian delegation delegation and Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari (3rd from L) talk with Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya (R) at the end of a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley exits after she vetoed a Russian proposed draft resolution that would 'condemn the aggression against Syria by the U.S. and its allies' during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya (C) votes yes for a Russian proposed draft resolution that would 'condemn the aggression against Syria by the U.S. and its allies' during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (L to R) British Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley veto a Russian proposed draft resolution that would 'condemn the aggression against Syria by the U.S. and its allies' during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley votes during a UN Security Council meeting, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. Russia on Saturday failed to win UN backing for a condemnation of military strikes launched by the United States, Britain and France on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya votes during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. Russia on Saturday failed to win UN backing for a condemnation of military strikes launched by the United States, Britain and France on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. Russia circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action, but Britain's ambassador said the strikes were 'both right and legal' to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Syria. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
British Ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce listens during a UN Security Council meeting, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018 The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. Russia circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action, but Britain's ambassador said the strikes were 'both right and legal' to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Syria. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
British Ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce speaks with an aide during a UN Security Council meeting, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018 The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. Russia circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action, but Britain's ambassador said the strikes were 'both right and legal' to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Syria. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. Russia circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action, but Britain's ambassador said the strikes were 'both right and legal' to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Syria. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya listens during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. Russia circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action, but Britain's ambassador said the strikes were 'both right and legal' to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Syria. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (L to R) British Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce talks with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - APRIL 14: Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United Nations gives a speech during a UN Security Council meeting following the United States, United Kingdom and France attacks on chemical weapons positions in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on April 14, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley listens during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (L to R) Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya talks with U.K. Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres arrives for a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: The United Nations Security Council holds an emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks during a UN Security Council meeting, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. Russia circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action, but Britain's ambassador said the strikes were 'both right and legal' to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Syria. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks during UN Security Council meeting, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. The UN Security Council on Saturday opened a meeting at Russia's request to discuss military strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. Russia circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action, but Britain's ambassador said the strikes were 'both right and legal' to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Syria. / AFP PHOTO / Hector RETAMAL / ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Russia's United Nations (U.N.) Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia speaks to an aide at a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on April 13, 2018 in New York City. The UN Security Council held the emergency meeting Friday at the request of Russia as it looks for support against the United States and U.S. allies from conducting a military strike on Syria. President Donald Trump has threatened to conduct airstrikes against Syria following a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in a town outside Damascus that was held by rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (top) speaks as Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari (bottom) looks on during a United Nations Security Council meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: A United Nations U.N. Security Council emergency meeting breaks up on April 13, 2018 in New York City. The UN Security Council held the emergency meeting Friday at the request of Russia as it looks for support against the United States and U.S. allies from conducting a military strike on Syria. President Donald Trump has threatened to conduct airstrikes against Syria following a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in a town outside Damascus that was held by rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Russia's United Nations (U.N.) Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia speaks to an aide at a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on April 13, 2018 in New York City. The UN Security Council held the emergency meeting Friday at the request of Russia as it looks for support against the United States and U.S. allies from conducting a military strike on Syria. President Donald Trump has threatened to conduct airstrikes against Syria following a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in a town outside Damascus that was held by rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Russia's United Nations (U.N.) Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia speaks to the media after telling the U.N. Security Council in an emergency meeting that the United States, France and Britain were only interested in ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and containing Russia on April 13, 2018 in New York City. The UN Security Council held the emergency meeting Friday at the request of Russia as it looks for support against the United States and U.S. allies from conducting a military strike on Syria. President Donald Trump has threatened to conduct airstrikes against Syria following a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in a town outside Damascus that was held by rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: A United Nations U.N. Security Council emergency meeting breaks up on April 13, 2018 in New York City. The UN Security Council held the emergency meeting Friday at the request of Russia as it looks for support against the United States and U.S. allies from conducting a military strike on Syria. President Donald Trump has threatened to conduct airstrikes against Syria following a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in a town outside Damascus that was held by rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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"I hope hot heads will cool down and that will be it," he told reporters.

International investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog are in Syria and were due to start their inquiry on Saturday into the suspected toxic gas attack. Russia and Syria have said there was no evidence of a chemical weapons attack.

The United States, France and Britain defended their military action as legal during the Security Council meeting.

"We are confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons program. We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.

"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded," Haley said.

During an address to the Security Council, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all states "to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people."

Eight countries voted against the Russian-drafted text on Saturday, while Peru, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea abstained. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia vetoed a U.S. text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass.

France, the United States and Britain planned to put forward a new draft resolution aimed at dismantling Syria's chemical weapons program, wiping out terrorism, demanding a ceasefire across Syria and finding a political solution to the conflict, French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told the council on Saturday. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Jason Neely, David Gregorio and Jonathan Oatis)

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