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Russia Presents Draft UN Resolution Against Chemical Weapon Use by Terrorists

© 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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Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said that Russia has once again introduced a draft resolution on the fight against the use of chemical weapons by terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – Russia has once again introduced a draft resolution on the fight against the use of chemical weapons by terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov told journalists.

The draft was distributed at the UN Security Council on Friday, it was co-authored by Russia and China, Safronkov said, explaining that this is the second time that such a draft is being introduced.

The first time a Russian-Chinese draft on terrorists’ use of chemical weapons in Syria was introduced at the UN was last year in April. Then, western states did not support the Russian initiative.

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EU Introduces Sanctions Against Syrian Officials Over Alleged Chemical Use
Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, Matthew Rycroft, said on Friday that all members of the UN Security Council were concerned about the use of chemical weapons, but that there was a difference between Iraq and Syria in that the Iraqi government had not been accused of chemical weapon use, unlike Damascus.

According to Rycroft, the United Kingdom does not support the Russian-Chinese draft.

In late February, Russia and China used their veto powers to block a UN Security Council draft resolution to impose sanctions on Syria over the government's alleged chemical weapons use. The draft resolution, co-sponsored by France, the United Kingdom and the United States, suggested imposing sanctions against ten entities and 11 Syrians considered responsible for using chemical weapons in Syria in 2014 and 2015. The vote came amid intra-Syrian talks in Geneva that brought together representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups.

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