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>> Russia protecting the Syrian government at the UN on Tuesday, blocking a bid by Western powers to impose sanctions over accusations that Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons during the six year conflict.>> What further evidence do we need that Russia will always prioritize the Assad regime over the protection of the Syrian people?
>> Russian President Vladimir Putin described the draft resolution as, quote, totally inappropriate. Setting up one of the first confrontations with the US since President Donald Trump took office in January, pledging to build closer ties with Moscow.>> It is a sad day on the Security Council, when members start making excuses for other member's states killing their own people, the world is definitely a more dangerous place.
>> Reuters UN correspondent Michelle Nichols.>> Russia's deputy UN ambassador declared that the criticisms of Moscow were outrageous. Russia had long signaled that it would veto any moves to impose sanctions on Syria, saying that there's not enough proof for the Security Council to do so.>> The proof, according to the UN, is an investigation carried out by the agency and the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, which found Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks and that Islamic State militants had used mustard gas.
Russia was not alone in its veto, China also sided with Syria.>> Amazingly, members are willing to condemn ISIS for the one incident, but turn a blind eye to the member state Syria, who committed this crime at least three times.>> Syrian President Assad has denied his forces have used chemical weapons and Russia has questioned the results of the UN inquiry, insisting time and again there was not enough proof for the Security Council to take any action.