İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-14.04.2017 Russia blocked a Western-led effort at the U.N. Security Council to condemn thedeadly gas attack in Syria, on 4 April and push Russian ally President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with international inquiries into the incident. It has been the eighth veto that Russia used to protect Assad in the six years of war.
The blocked resolution draft was about denouncing the chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun and telling Assad's government to provide access for investigators and information such as flight plans.
After the hot voting, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, called Moscow to stop protecting Assad and said the United States wants to work with Russia toward a political solution for Syria. She said, "Russia once again has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, including the Arab world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn this murderous regime ". She added, "If the regime is innocent, as Russia claims, the information requested in this resolution would have vindicated them ".
In response, Russia's deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, said the draft resolution laid blame prior to an independent investigation. He said "I'm amazed that this was the conclusion. No one has yet visited the site of the crime. How do you know that?" He added that the U.S. attack on the Syrian air base "was carried out in violation of international norms ".
China, which has vetoed six resolutions on Syria since the civil war began, abstained from Wednesday's U.N. vote, along with Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. Ten countries voted in favor of the text, while Bolivia joined Russia in voting no.
Diplomats said that Russia has put forward a rival draft resolution that expresses concern at last week's gas attack and condemns the U.S. strike on Syria. It was unclear whether Moscow planned to put the text to a vote or not.
It seems the road map to solve the international crisis has not been changed regardless of experiences and lessons. We watched this scene before. Nowadays, it is like in the movie ‘’Mean Girls’’about a highschool comedy as public relations, perception management, PR and your place/prestige in people’s mind do the most of the work for you. The actual event does not have much importance. The UShave a bad record of unfair, outlawed interventions such as Iraq. Evenformer British Prime Minister, Tony Blair,apologized for his support to the operation after thirteen years. The USA is not trustworthy on this issue. Maybe Russia did not want to repeat its mistake in 90’s and that’s why he continuously vetoes such resolutions. However, the draft resolution was not asking to engage in amilitary operation against Syria, it’s just asking to investigate the issue. There is a question mark about the fact and ‘’prejudiced research’’ may not be a satisfying answer to it. There is no doubt that western community pretends to be like ‘’all diplomatic ways are exhausted’’ and Russia whether by mean or not serves them or simply doesn’t care anymore.