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US slams Russia for vetoing UN resolution on chemical weapons

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US has slammed for vetoing a resolution extending the mandate of the only official mission probing the use of in Syria, saying Moscow has "once again" demonstrated it would do anything to protect its ally.

yesterday vetoed the US-sponsored UN resolution that would extend the work of inspectors seeking to determine who is responsible for attacks in Syria.

has blocked such a move by the a number of times, Press Secretary said in her daily conference.

has blocked the action to hold accountable those who use chemical weapons, including terrorists and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, she said.

"By blocking the extension of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, has once again demonstrated it does not care about stopping the barbaric use of in the world and will do whatever it takes to protect its ally, the Assad regime," Sanders alleged.

Blocking the extension of the investigating authority means nothing less than Russia's endorsement of the Assad regime's use of against innocent women and children.

"We will continue to push back against this," Sanders said.

At the UN headquarters in New York, the Security Council rejected the draft resolution following a vote of 11 in favour to 2 against (Bolivia, Russian Federation), with 2 abstaining (China, Kazakhstan).

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.

The US had already determined who was guilty, and its actions were politicising the issue, he alleged.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said has once again demonstrated it will do whatever it takes to ensure the "barbaric" Assad regime never faces consequences for its continued use of chemicals as weapons.

"By rejecting the renewal of the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) an independent, purely technical body has made it clear that it does not care about stopping the use of in the world," she said.

"This is the ninth time has protected Assad and his team of murderers by blocking the Security Council from acting. In doing so, 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".

"It's a sad day for the Security Council when vetoes a simple technical, procedural rollover, of the mandate of an absolutely crucial part of the international communitys architecture to help tackle the appalling use of chemical weapons," he said.

The Syrian regime that they support must have something to hide, and I wonder why continues to defend the indefensible, he said and hoped that 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.

"That job is not complete, and I call on to listen to what we all said today and to step up to meet those responsibilities," the British Ambassador said.

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First Published: Wed, October 25 2017. 09:57 IST