Vastavam web: The US has slammed Russia for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution extending the mandate of the only official mission probing the use of chemical weapons in Syria, saying Moscow has “once again” demonstrated it would do anything to protect its ally.Russia yesterday vetoed the US-sponsored UN resolution that would extend the work of inspectors seeking to determine who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.Russia has blocked the UN Security Council action to hold accountable those who use chemical weapons, including terrorists and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, she said.
Blocking the extension of the investigating authority means nothing less than Russia’s endorsement of the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against innocent women and children.Had it been adopted, it would have extended the mechanism’s mandate established by resolution 2235 (2015) and set to expire on November 17 for one more year.Vassily A Nebenzia, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, suggested that adjourning the meeting until November 7 and discussing an extension without undue pressure.
He said that the Russian Federation expected an honest, impartial, complete investigation, and would accept clear, incontrovertible evidence of guilt.”By rejecting the renewal of the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) an independent, purely technical body Russia has made it clear that it does not care about stopping the use of chemical weapons in the world,” she said.
“This is the ninth time Russia has protected Assad and his team of murderers by blocking the Security Council from acting. In doing so, Russia once again sides with the dictators and terrorists who use these weapons,” Haley said.British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft described Russia’s use of veto power as a “sad day”.The Syrian regime that they support must have something to hide, and I wonder why Russia continues to defend the indefensible, he said and hoped that Russia will realise that they are isolated on this issue.
“They are seeking to defend the indefensible. And beyond that, they have a particular responsibility as a permanent member of the Security Council with a close relationship with the Syrian regime. They have taken it upon themselves to lead the international community’s efforts to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons,” he said