> Russia has cast such a veto before to protect the Syrian government. Their partnering in the Syrian civil war had put Assad in a strong military position. In an interview after the attacks, Assad saying there is no option except victory, in a war that's killed an estimated half a million people.
Western countries pointing the finger of blame at President Bashar al-Assad's regime. On Thursday, his government hitting back.>> If it were an air strike using chemical weapons, it would have spread across an area larger than one kilometer in diameter. Reuters correspondent, Ellen Francis is in Beirut.>> The Syrian foreign minister strongly denied responsibility for the chemical attack.
And he said that the deaths on Tuesday were the result of gas leaking out of a chemical rebel arms depot in the area that was struck by a Syrian air strike.>> Trump calling it an affront to humanity and sparking talk of US action.>> That crosses many, many lines, beyond the red line, many, many lines.
>> The biggest thing to watch out for now is what happens at the diplomatic level, especially with the recent US comments, and with the solution. The US, Britain, and France are trying to pass a UN Security Council resolution, first of all to condemn the attack, and second of all to press the Syrian government to provide details that would help international investigators give a conclusion about what's happened.
But Russia is likely to veto.>>