UN: Investigations into the use of chemical weapons in Syria have failed

The United Nation has confirmed that Russia vetoed a US-drafted UN Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, adding that it’s own resolution also failed.

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Image shows a scene from the chemical attack in Syria

Twelve council members voted in favor of the US resolution, while Bolivia joined Russia in voting no, and China abstained.

A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the US 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 US and other Western powers consider taking military action over Saturday’s attack.

A rival Russian bid to create a new inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria failed after the draft resolution only received six votes in favor.

Seven members voted against and two abstained. A veto can only be cast if a draft wins at least nine votes, the Associated Press reported.