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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Russia VETOS Syria Resolution at UN Security Council

China Sides with U.S. and Abstains
Russia vetoes West’s Syria resolution at UN Security Council
Moscow has vetoed a draft resolution submitted to the UN 

Security Council which demands that Damascus grant full 

access to UN inspectors at any military site in Syria, under the 

threat of military action.

”The result of the vote is as follows: ten votes in favor, two 

votes against, three abstentions. The draft resolution has not 

been adopted owing to the negative vote of a permanent 

member of Council," US Ambassador and current Security 

Council President Nikki Haley stated.

The document was drafted by the US, the UK and France amid 

an international crisis over the alleged use of chemical 

weapons in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib 

province on April 4. The US has already declared the Syrian 

government guilty of the alleged sarin gas attack and 

retaliated with a barrage of cruise missiles targeting a Syrian 

airbase, from which, Washington claimed, the attack was 


Moscow criticized the US for its military action, calling it 

rushed, illegal and potentially playing into the hands of 

terrorists. Washington accused Russia of complicity in the 

alleged crime and demanded that it stop supporting the 

government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Unlike the previous draft resolution on the alleged incident, 

the fresh document did not lay the blame for it on Damascus. 

It also referred to the incident as the “reported use of chemical 

weapons” rather than stating that such use did take place as a 


However, the draft leaned heavily on the Syrian government 

in terms of demands to submit to an investigation of the 

incident. It said inspectors chosen by the UN and the 

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons 

(OPCW) must be given prompt and unrestricted access to “any 

and all sites” they choose, provided with flight plans and logs 

they request, and given the names of military officers “in 

command of any aircraft” they probe. Damascus would also 

have to “arrange meetings requested, including with generals 

or other officers, within no more than five days of the date on 

which such meeting is requested.”

In the event of non-compliance with the terms, Syria could be 

exposed to military action mandated by the UN Security 

Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

The rebel forces controlling Khan Shaykhun were only asked to

 “provide delay-free and safe access” to the site of the reported 



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