US Russia clash in UN Security Council
NEW YORK - United States and Russia clash over the alleged chemical weapons attack in war-torn Syria's Eastern Ghouta region at a United Nations Security Council meeting.
Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the 15-member Council that the incident in Douma was staged and that any US military action in response could have "grave repercussions.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley declared that the US "will respond" to the alleged attack regardless of whether the UN Security Council acts or not.
The diplomats said US ambassador Haley told a closed-door Council meeting that the United States wanted a vote on the measure, even though Russia said it contained "some unacceptable elements".