Why did Russia veto a UN resolution extending the Syria “gas attack” probe?

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October 24th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Agencies – – by Samer Hussein –

The Russian Federation has vetoed a US-drafted UNSC resolution, according to which, a panel that is investigating who is behind the alleged April 4 chemical weapons attack in the northwestern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, would get its mandate extended by a year.

The current mandate allowing the UN and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) representatives to work in Syria expires on November 17th, thus Washington has prepared a document to prolong the mandate. 

The document was supported by 11 votes. Two UNSC members – Russia and Bolivia, however, voted against the document, while China and Kazakhstan abstained.

This was the ninth time that Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution. 

In the past, Russia and Syria both urged the international observers to carry out a prompt and unbiased investigation, although to no avail. 

This begs a question – why would Russia oppose further investigation into something which previously they asked to be promptly investigated. It boils down to the scope and nature of the proposed investigation. The UNSC proposal’s working was loaded and already presupposed that the Syrian Government was responsible. The proposed methods of investigation couldn’t possibly reveal any truth about the matter. As it stands,  there is no evidence that chemical weapons were actually used in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. All of the supposed evidence, presented so far, turned out to be forged. The UNSC proposal, in turn, appears on face value and in its wording to be based upon suppositions stemming from the apparently forged evidence. 

Previously, Russia stated the report of the special mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the alleged use of sarin gas in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun is based on questionable data whose authenticity is hard to verify.

In addition, the supposed chemical weapons attack was later exploited for an illegal US missile strike on Syria, which targeted the main anti-ISIS airbase and claimed the lives of six soldiers and nine civilians.

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