Russia again vetoes UN resolution on Syria chemical weapons

A civil defence member breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX33ZAV
Russia again vetoes a UN resolution to extend the mandate of experts investigating chemical weapons in Syria.

United Nations Security Council fails to adopt resolution extending 30 days for mandate of mechanism investigating chemical attacks in Syria.

During the meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia blocked the draft of the Japanese resolution, which extended the mandate of the joint UN-OPCW mission to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria (SMR).

This is reported by the Associated Press.

“Russia again vetoed the UN resolution on the extension of the mandate of experts involved in the investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” the agency writes.

As it was reported 12 countries voted for the document, against Russia and Bolivia, and China – abstained.

Earlier it became known that the UN Security Council will hold at 18:35 (02:15 Moscow time) a meeting on the investigation of chemical attacks. During the meeting it was planned to consider the draft resolution proposed by Japan.