The US has criticized Russia for rejecting a UN Security Council resolution expanding the mandate of the lone official mission scrutinizing the use of chemical weapons in Syria, alleging Moscow has “once again” proved that it would do all to guard its ally. Yesterday, Russia vetoed the US-sponsored UN resolution, which would prolong the work of inspectors looking to understand who is guilty of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at her daily news conference that Russia has blocked such a move by the UN Security Council a number of times.
She added that the Russia has blocked the UN Security Council action to catch those who are responsible for the chemical weapons, including terrorists and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. “By blocking the extension of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, Russia has once again demonstrated it does not care about stopping the barbaric use of chemical weapons in the world and will do whatever it takes to protect its ally, the Assad regime,” Sanders cited. Concluding the extension of the investigating authority means that Russia’s endorsement of the Assad’s regime is a use of chemical weapons against innocent women and children. “We will continue to push back against this,” she added.
The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that Russia has once again proved that it will do whatever it takes to make sure the “barbaric” Assad regime never ever faces consequences for its constant use of chemicals as weapons. Haley said, “By rejecting the renewal of the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) – an independent, purely technical body – Russia has made it clear that it does not care about stopping the use of chemical weapons in the world. This is the ninth time Russia has protected Assad and his team of murderers by blocking the Security Council from acting. In doing so, Russia once again sides with the dictators and terrorists who use these weapons.”
Describing Russia’s use of veto power as a “sad day”, the British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft said that “It’s a sad day for the Security Council when Russia vetoes a simple technical, procedural rollover, of the mandate of an absolutely crucial part of the international community’s architecture to help tackle the appalling use of chemical weapons”. “They are seeking to defend the indefensible. And beyond that, they have a particular responsibility as a permanent member of the Security Council with a close relationship with the Syrian regime. They have taken it upon themselves to lead the international community’s efforts to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons. That job is not complete, and I call on Russia to listen to what we all said today and to step up to meet those responsibilities,” the British Ambassador added.