UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The JIM's mandate expires on November 17.
"The result of the voting is as follows: 11 votes in favor, 2 votes against, 2 abstentions, the draft resolution has not been adopted owing to a negative vote of a permanent member of the Security Council," Sebastiano Cardi said.
Prior to the vote on the US draft resolution, Russia withdrew its own draft on JIM’s mandate extension.
"I would like to make a proposal to withdraw the draft resolution that Russia has submitted," Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council.
The United States and Russia had earlier presented two different versions of the renewal, both proposals suggesting extending the mission, but on different terms.
"The selective approach and disdain for the OPCW standards played a dirty trick on [JIM head Edmond] Mulet" as the OPCW-UN report is marked by "a low level of professionalism, on the verge of dilettantism" and its conclusions about Damascus' alleged use of sarin nerve agent are "fully untenable," the ministry statement read.