UN: Russia vetoes UN resolution extending Syria chemical weapons probe

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 describing the vote as putting «the carriage before the horse,» at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Russia proposed postponing the vote as the results of the previous inspection will only arrive later this week as the UN-OPCW... Еще (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 Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017. However, the proposal to delay the vote was rejected. Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations was quick to judge the Russian position saying: «The only beneficiaries of a significant similar delay again this time around will be the users of chemical weapons in Syria, Da’esh and the Syrian regime and their backers.» Russian permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, explained his decision to impose veto, saying: «Afterwards, we can return to the issue of extending the JIM, whose mandate runs until the 17th of November. So, we have plenty of time to extend it. Isn’t that logical? Or is that in any way confrontational? Why put the carriage before the horse?» He also added that the move to renew the mandate serves the interests of those who have already determined who is to blame for chemical attacks. Mandatory Credit: UNTV

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