Russia ‘defends the indefensible’ as it vows to block UN resolution condemning Syrian gas attack


Russia was accused of “defending the indefensible” by vowing to block a UN resolution condemning the gas attack in Syria that left at least 72 people dead – including 20 children .

Britain, France and America rounded on Moscow for defending the Syrian regime over the deadly attack.

But Downing Street played down the prospect of military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad .

At an emergency meeting of the UN security council in New York, British ambassador Matthew Rycroft lambasted Russia for blocking a previous attempt to impose sanctions on Assad.

He told the Russian representative: “What is your plan? What is your plan to stop these horrific senseless attacks? We had a plan and we had the support, and you rejected it to protect Assad.”

Mr Rycroft said Russia was “defending the indefensible” by supporting the Syrian government in its actions.

Russian president Vladimir Putin

The US warned it may act without UN approval if it could not get a resolution.

But officials travelling with PM Theresa May in the Middle East said “nobody is talking about” a military response.

Labour MP John Woodcock blasted May, saying: “Unless you take a meaningful stand against the use of chemical weapons, you effectively legitimise their use.”

A Syrian child receives treatment at a small hospital in the town of Maaret al-Noman following the gas attack

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