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    Report on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria Insufficient to Impose Sanctions

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    A recent report of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria is insufficient to introduce sanctions, Russia's envoy to UN Vitaly Churkin said.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — On August 24, the United Nations and the OPCW released the results of a joint probe into chemical weapons attacks in Syria in 2014 and 2015 that said the Syrian government was allegedly involved in two and the Daesh jihadist group, outlawed in Russia, in one attack. On Tuesday the UN Security Council (UNSC) discussed the report and several its members said that it was necessary to impose sanctions on Damascus.

    "Frankly, I don't but we continue to, of course, analyze the report but again there are two cases which they suggest is the fault of the Syrian side. We have very serious questions," Churkin told reporters after the Tuesday UNSC session, answering a question about the sufficiency of the report's results for introduction of the sanctions.

    "We have started our discussion so — there is nobody to sanction in the report which was issued. It contains no names, it contains no specifics, as I say, there are no fingerprints. We have to behave professionally."

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