Syria crisis: UN arch says Cold War is back

Media captionUS and Russia ambassadors to a UN clashed over Syria during a UN Security Council

The UN’s secretary ubiquitous has pronounced a Cold War is “back with a vengeance”.

Antonio Guterres also warned about a dangers of escalation over Syria.

The US and a allies are deliberation rising barb strikes opposite Syria after a suspected chemical attack, an movement that Russia – whose army are there ancillary a government- has pronounced would risk starting a war.

Russia has indicted a UK of faking an attack, an claim Britain discharged as a “grotesque, blatant lie”.

The Cold War, that followed a Allied feat in World War Two, saw a US and a allies confronting off for decades with a Soviet Union, of that Russia is a categorical inheritor state.

What accurately did Guterres say?

Mr Guterres delivered his warnings during a opening of a nasty UN Security Council meeting.

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The USS Harry S Truman aircraft conduit is on a approach to a Middle East

“The Cold War is behind with a vengeance, though with a difference,” he said. “The mechanisms and a safeguards to conduct a risks of escalation that existed in a past no longer seem to be present.”

He urged countries to “act responsibly in these dangerous circumstances”.

During a meeting:

  • The Russian envoy to a UN, Vassily Nebenzia, indicted a US of regulating a suspected chemical conflict as a stratagem to overpower a Assad supervision and “contain” Russia
  • The US envoy indicted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of regulating chemical weapons during slightest 50 times in 7 years
  • France’s envoy pronounced Syria had left “beyond a indicate of no return” and France would “shoulder a shortcoming to finish an frightful hazard to a common security”

What explanation is there of a chemical attack?

The US and France have both pronounced they have explanation a Syrian supervision pounded a Eastern Ghouta city of Douma final Saturday, though conjunction nation has strictly given serve details.

On Friday, US state dialect mouthpiece Heather Nauert said: “We know for a fact that it was a chemical weapon.”

When she was asked either a US had explanation a Syrian supervision was behind a attack, she said: “Yes.”

The suspected attack, in that dozens of people reportedly died, was denied by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Rescue workers from a Syria Civil Defence and a Syrian American Medical Society, that supports hospitals in rebel-held areas, pronounced victims were found with froth entrance out of their mouths, blue skin and lips, and corneal burns.

Media captionUnverified video shows children being treated after a purported gas attack

On Thursday, unnamed US officials told NBC News they had performed blood and urine samples from victims that had tested certain for chlorine and a haughtiness agent.

The US envoy to a UN, Nikki Haley, told a network: “We really have adequate explanation though now we only have to be courteous in a action.”

Control over a city has given upheld from rebels to a Syrian and Russian troops authorities.

A UN news final year found a Syrian supervision obliged for a lethal chemical conflict on a rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun, in that some-more than 80 people died. That conflict was followed by a US journey barb conflict on a Syrian airbase.

A commission from a Organisation for a Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will arrive in a area of a suspected conflict on Saturday.

What are a Russians alleging?

General Igor Konashenkov, a orator for Russia’s counterclaim ministry, said: “We have… justification that proves Britain was directly concerned in organising this provocation.”

In a video constructed by a Russian counterclaim ministry dual group vocalization Arabic contend they were operative in a misadventure sentinel of Douma’s executive sanatorium when they assisted people brought in after a bombing of a multi-storey building.

While they are clearly articulate about a suspected chemical attack, both contend a bombing occurred on Sunday 8 Apr when it indeed occurred on Saturday 7 April.

The dual group contend people were pang from fume inhalation, not chemical poisoning, though a panic began when one male pronounced they were victims of a chemical attack.

“This is grotesque, it is a blatant lie, it is some of a misfortune pieces of feign news we’ve nonetheless seen from a Russia promotion machine,” a UK’s UN ambassador, Karen Pierce said.

In a statement, a UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “This simply shows (Russia’s) recklessness to pin a censure on anyone though their client: a Assad regime.”

What are Western leaders planning?

In a UK, cupboard ministers concluded it was “highly likely” a Syrian supervision was obliged for a purported conflict and pronounced a use of chemical weapons contingency not “go unchallenged”.

Media captionTrump: Decisions on Syria will be done “fairly soon”

The US boss has pronounced Russian President Vladimir Putin bears shortcoming for a purported conflict in Douma since of his support for a Syrian government.

On Wednesday he warned Russia that missiles were “coming” though after tweeted that he had “never pronounced when”.

It “could be really shortly or not so shortly during all”, Donald Trump said.

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What is Russia observant about a risk of war?

Before a Security Council meeting, Mr Nebenzia indicted Washington of putting general assent during risk.

“The evident priority is to avert a risk of war,” he pronounced on Thursday.

Senior Russian figures, including a conduct of a military, have warned that US missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian crew come underneath threat.

Media captionIf US strikes means Russian casualties there’ll be retaliation, says a BBC’s Steve Rosenberg

After 6 weeks of complicated fighting and an estimated 1,700 municipal deaths in a Eastern Ghouta, rebels are now withdrawal a area.

Thousands of remaining Islamist fighters and civilians left on Friday.