Russian Federation says it will veto United Nations resolution on Syria

01 March, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Essie Rivera

Moscow and Beijing on February 28 vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have slapped sanctions on Syrian officials, military commanders, companies, and other entities allegedly involved in toxic gas attacks during the six-year-old civil war.

The initiators of the draft resolution envisaging sanctions against Syria have deliberately embarked on a course of confrontation, and Russian Federation had no other choice but to veto the document, Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov has said after the voting at the UN Security Council.

It was the seventh time Russian Federation used its veto power to shield the Damascus regime. Three nonpermanent members Egypt, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained.

Chinese Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi told the council after the vote that investigations on the use of chemical weapons are still ongoing and "it is too early to reach a final conclusion". Russia, a permanent member of the council, vetoed it along with China. People have died by being suffocated to death.

Both China and Russian Federation hold veto powers at the council alongside three other permanent members, the UK, US and France.

Vladimir Safronkov, Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, said the Western criticism of Moscow was "outrageous" and declared "God will judge you".

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The Assad regime has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons in the war that has killed over 310,000 people since March 2011.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley countered after the failed the vote that "this resolution is very appropriate".

The JIM reports identified three instances of chemical weapons use backed by sufficient evidence of the culpability of the Syrian Armed Forces and one case of a chemical weapons attack by the Islamic State terrorist organization.

The resolution would have put 11 Syrians, mainly military commanders, and 10 entities linked to chemical attacks in 2014 and 2015 on a United Nations sanctions blacklist.

Moscow made clear last week that it would defeat the draft measure to impose sanctions on the Syrian government, calling it unbalanced.

Syria's declared stockpile of 1,300 metric tons of chemicals has been destroyed, but the OPCW is still investigating outstanding questions about possible undeclared chemical weapons.

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