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UNSC Draft Resolution on Syria Chemical Arms Prejudges Probe Results

© AFP 2021 / TIMOTHY A. CLARY Foreign Ministers vote during a UN Security Council meeting on Syria at the United Nations in New York on December 18, 2015
Foreign Ministers vote during a UN Security Council meeting on Syria at the United Nations in New York on December 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said that the proposed UN Security Council draft resolution on chemical weapons use in Syria contradicted the principle of presumption of innocence and prejudged investigation results.

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UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The proposed UN Security Council draft resolution on chemical weapons use in Syria contradicts the principle of presumption of innocence and prejudges investigation results, Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov told reporters on Friday.

"This resolution prejudges results of investigations, it’s one-sided based on insufficient proofs, evidences," Safronkov said. "Our other argument is that the resolution itself contradicts fundamental principle of presumption of innocence before the investigations is over."

He stressed the Joint Investigation Mission’s review of the cases of chemical weapons use in Syria should be impartial and objective.

Safronkov added that Russia is ready to veto the draft resolution if it remains unchanged.

At the end of 2016, France and the United Kingdom submitted a draft resolution to the Security Council calling for sanctions against those found guilty of using chemical weapons in Syria.

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