Russia has denounced as “unacceptable” a draft resolution presented to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) by Western countries concerning a recent suspected chemical attack in Syria.
“We do not believe it is expedient to pass a resolution on the chemical weapons attack in its present form,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, the US, Britain and France presented the draft resolution to the UNSC, condemning the suspected toxic gas attack in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province and demanding a full investigation into Tuesday’s incident.
Five permanent members of the Security Council, among them Russia, have the power to veto UN resolutions that need nine positive votes and no vetoes to pass.
Russia has on several occasions blocked anti-Damascus motions at the Security Council.
Elsewhere in her comments, Zakharova questioned the data on which the latest proposed UN resolution was based, stressing that the motion would exacerbate tensions in Syria and the region.
“Unfortunately, based on totally fake information, the United States, France and Great Britain have once again planted – one cannot put it any other way – into the UN Security Council a draft resolution which has a completely anti-Syrian character,” she said.
The motion “pre-empts the results of an investigation and just immediately designates the guilty,” she added.
The suspected chemical attack targeted the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province on Tuesday. It was followed by alleged air raids that hit a hospital where victims of the assault were being treated.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 72.
Syria’s opposition accused the Syrian government of bombing Khan Shaykhun with chemical munitions.
However, the Syrian army categorically denied the accusation about its involvement in the deadly attack, emphasizing that it “has never used them, anytime, anywhere, and will not do so in the future.”
Russia’s Defense Ministry said the deaths were caused when a Syrian air strike struck a “terrorist warehouse” used for making bombs containing “toxic substances.”
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