Russian Federation casts 10th United Nations veto on United Nations action on Syria

Russia Demands that US Respect Agreement on Antiterrorism in Syria

"We are of the view that the JIM report, the seventh report, has been established by a flagrant disregard of [the] basic higher standards of the Chemical Convention, UN Security Council resolutions and previous decisions by the ECE executive council", Shulgin said. "I hope we can come together before the end of tomorrow (Thursday) to reach an agreement that allows it to carry on its work in a professional, independent, scientific and de-politicized way".

Russian Federation withdrew its own rival draft resolution on the inquiry renewal shortly before the UN Security Council vote on the U.S. one.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has been sharply critical of Russia's handling of Assad in the wake of the April chemical attacks.

"Russia has refused to engage on our draft resolution — which the vast majority of council members agree is the most viable text — in spite of our multiple attempts to consider Russian concerns", said the spokesperson, who wasn't authorized to be quoted by name.

The Russian-drafted resolution was unlikely to garner the nine votes required for adoption, diplomats said.

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During a council vote in late October, Russia vetoed a US-drafted resolution on a one-year extension, arguing that it did not want to decide on the fate of the panel before the Khan Sheikhun report. Nebenzia said at the time that Moscow wanted to see a JIM report on attacks, which was issued two days later. The investigation earlier this year faulted the Syrian government for using sarin, a banned nerve agent, in an April 4 attack.

"We would like to remind our United States colleagues and those who ... supported their unrealistic draft, we would like to remind you that you bear the burden of responsibility if the mechanism can not be salvaged", Nebenzia told the council.

The White House in June cautioned against another possible chemical weapons strike in Syria, warning that the Assad government would "pay a heavy price" for it. "Russian Federation has undermined our ability to deter future attacks", Haley said, accusing Moscow of "playing games" with the council's attempt to renew the chemical weapons investigation.

Matthew Rycroft, the British ambassador to the United Nations, said it is "absolutely crucial" that the JIM mandate is renewed. That averted a USA military strike in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.

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