UN: Russia says Syria vote «well-prepared and directed performance»

Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, called the vote on the enewal of the Syria probe a “well-prepared and directed performance” on Tuesday. The Russian diplomat said that there was an “attempt to paint Russia in allegedly the worst light” since it was done “two days prior to the release of the Joint Investigative Mechanism’s report focusing on the April 4th... Еще Khan Shaykhun chemical weapon episode which is awaited by everyone.” Nebenzya stressed today’s indecision “had no effect on the mechanism itself” since it does not mean that “such decision can’t be made in any other day till November 17”. Earlier, the Russian Federation vetoed a draft resolution to extend the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) for the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Russia proposed postponing the vote as the results of the previous inspection will only arrive later this week as the UN-OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) is scheduled to deliver a report on the alleged chemical weapon attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun on April 4, 2017. However, the proposal to delay the vote was rejected.

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