Four countries abstained-Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.
Russian Federation said that the Western powers "cynically" carried out military action hours before a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin an investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that sparked the intervention by the United States and its allies.
Russian Federation has again denied that a chemical attack was conducted in Syria by showing footage of what it calls the testimony of Syrian residents. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said. Russia vetoed a US text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass.
Earlier on Saturday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was left with "no alternative path" but to order the air strikes.More news: Manchester City are 2017/18 Premier League champions
"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley stressed.
Damascus skies erupt with service to air missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria early Saturday, April 14, 2018.
The 2 men are said to have denied the use of chemical weapons, saying no one was showing symptoms of poisoning.
Russian Federation and Syria also clashed with the three Western allies over the legality of the airstrikes and responsibility for the Security Council's paralysis.More news: Oladipo, Pacers Hand LeBron, Cavaliers Game 1 Playoff Defeat
"Russia in the most serious way condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military servicemen help the legitimate government to fight terrorism", Putin said.
"I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today", he said. He accused the United States, France and Britain of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for global law".
"Once again, we demand an immediate stop to aggression and refrain from the illegal use of force in the future", he said.
During an address to the Security Council, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all states "to show restraint in these risky circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people".More news: Zinedine Zidane sick of Real Madrid 'robbery' jibes after Juventus game
Guterres said he has asked Syrian special envoy Staffan de Mistura to come to NY as soon as possible to consult "on the most effective way to accelerate the political process".