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United Nations braces for likely Russian veto of Syria gas attacks probe

United Nations braces for likely Russian veto of Syria gas attacks probe

Washington and its allies have blamed President Bashar al-Assad's government for the Khan Sheikhun attack, but Syria has denied using chemical weapons, with strong backing from Russian Federation.

Rycroft said the majority of the Security Council's 15 member states supported the US resolution and he wasn't aware of any substantial meetings between Russian Federation and the U.S.to reach a compromise.

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on rival USA and Russian bids to renew an worldwide inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said, a move that could trigger Russia's 10th veto to block action on Syria.

The President affirmed that Syria has adopted the right policies in the face of those followed by some regional and Western countries that have sought to achieve their interests through spreading chaos in and disrupting the stability of an important and sensitive region like the Middle East without considering the disastrous results that may ensue from that. The Russian OPCW envoy, Alexander Shulgin, said a week ago that the investigation in fact is particularly "skewed" towards one theory behind the chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province that took place in April.

Rycroft said after the veto that Russian Federation has "failed as a supposed supporter of peace in Syria".

A spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said late Monday that "Russia is mouthing words of support for JIM renewal, but those words are not backed up by any actions".

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Nebenzia said at the time that Moscow wanted to see a JIM report on attacks, which was issued two days later.

"It promises great difficulties for the future", French Ambassador François Delattre told the council.

The United States and Russia, Syria's ally, have put forward rival draft resolutions on renewing the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), tasked with investigating Syria's toxic gas attacks.

"Not doing so would only give consent to such atrocities while tragically failing the Syrian people who have suffered from these despicable acts", it said.

The JIM experts also said they were "confident" the Islamic State extremist group was responsible for an attack at Um Hosh in Aleppo in September 2016 using mustard gas.

"It's absolutely crucial for the mandate to be renewed", Matthew Rycroft, the United Kingdom ambassador to the UN, told reporters Wednesday.


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