Russia says will veto Syria sanctions over chemical weapons

Russian Federation will veto the UN Security Council's draft resolution imposing sanctions on Syria over alleged chemical attacks Damascus is blamed for, Russia's Deputy Permanent Represented to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told reporters on Friday after the UN Security Council's closed session.

The U.N. -OPCW inquiry found that Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks and that Islamic State militants had used mustard gas, according to reports seen by Reuters a year ago.

Britain's deputy United Nations ambassador, Peter Wilson, said after a closed-door Security Council meeting Friday that a vote will come "as soon as possible".

"The resolution is one-sided and is based on insufficient proof", Safronkov told reporters.

Britain, France and the United States have been seeking sanctions after an investigation by the United Nations and an worldwide chemical weapons watchdog organization determined a year ago that the Syrian government was behind at least three attacks involving chlorine gas in the civil-war-ravaged country.

Russian Federation says it will veto a draft United Nations resolution blaming the Syrian government for some chemical weapons attacks in Syria if it is brought to a vote. Wilson, said after a closed-door Security Council meeting Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, that a vote will come "as soon as possible". "People have died by being suffocated to death". The resolution will be Haley's first since taking office last month and it comes as confusion remains over President Donald Trump's efforts to improve ties with Moscow, which has allied itself with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

"You are either for chemical weapons or you are against it", she added.

"We now have clear evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria against civilian populations and converging indications that such weapons continue to be used in this country", said French Ambassador Francois Delattre. "If you think about it, on a scale of threats to peace and security, we are at 10 here".

Besides the prohibition on helicopter sales, a draft of the sanctions resolution seen by The Associated Press would impose an asset freeze and travel ban on 11 Syrian people.

The draft resolution would also ban the sale, supply or transfer to the Syrian armed forces or to the government of helicopters or related materiel including spare parts.

Assad's government has denied its forces have used chemical weapons.

"When we created JIM we said that investigation should be impartial, objective, independent - it's not the case right now because of that pressure".

  • Leroy Wright