As Western countries back UK's findings, British Ambassador Karen Pierce and Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia traded accusations at a UN Security Council meeting held to discuss the Novichok attack investigation and charges against two Russians.
Fighting continued to rage on the outskirts of Yemen's largest port, Hudaida, near the city's airport while the UN made a desperate plea for both sides to exercise restraint.
"Syria today is the most serious threat, and there is no military solution to the conflict," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tells the UN Security Council. Meanwhile, Russia and the US trade accusations over suspected chemical attack in Syria.
Worries about a confrontation between Russia, Syria's big ally, and the West have been running high since Trump said that missiles "will be coming" in response to the suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7.
The US wants a UN Security Council vote Tuesday on a US draft resolution to establish a new inquiry into who is to blame for using chemical weapons in Syria, diplomats said. The move comes after a suspected chemical attack on Douma killed dozens.
The confrontation between Russia and Britain over the poisoning of a spy and his daughter in England took on a rather unusual turn at the UNSC, with references to Sherlock and Alice and Wonderland bandied about.
Ties between the two countries deteriorate rapidly in the 10 days since Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with a nerve agent in Salisbury, southwest England.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says Washington is prepared to act if the Security Council fails to prevent the Syrian regime's chemical attacks, which are killing and wounding civilians.
De Mistura says fighting over Idlib and sustained regime airstrikes across the northwest and against the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta reportedly killed more than 1,000 civilians in the first week of February alone
Last month at least 120 Daesh militants have joined the Syrian Democratic Forces, said Russian top diplomat at the UN.
US military says the air strikes were a response to an "unprovoked attack" on the headquarters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
UN draft resolution expresses grave concern over three reported chlorine attacks in Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks and asserts that those responsible for using chemical weapons must be held accountable.
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