Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin spoke against the introduction of sanctions against Syria following the discussion of the progress report to the UN security Council. However, according to Reuters, he called on the Syrian authorities to study the mission of the UN and the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) information.
The discussion of the fourth report on the use in Syria of chemical substances was held behind closed doors. Russia has traditionally been to protect the Syrian authorities, criticizing the report. Now, as Reuters notes, it could affect two things. First, the possible discussion of the resolution of security Council sanctions against Damascus: with the veto, Russia opposes this. Second, the extension of the mandate for this investigation (it expires 31 October) instead of discussing possible sanctions.
After a closed meeting of the security Council Churkin said that Moscow is studying the findings of the fourth CMP. “We can already say that they are mostly not supported by sufficient evidence base, especially material full of contradictions and therefore unconvincing”, – quotes the Ambassador RIA “Novosti”.
According to him, in a new report, “somehow found it possible to adjust the initial findings on the incidents, Marea, Carmine and Talmanes”. In this regard, Churkin believes that Damascus should conduct “a full national investigation confirmed the SMR highincidence”.
“We presume – said Churkin, is that the findings are not
final, have no legal force and cannot serve as
kind of indictments for making legal decisions.”
In the last report, the joint mission of UN and OPCW to investigate cases of use of chemical substances for military purposes in Syria, acknowledged the authorities responsible for another chemical attack. The experts came to the conclusion that the Syrian government used toxic gas in the province of Idlib on March 16, 2015.
Earlier it was reported that the results of the investigation of the organization recognized the Syrian government responsible for himataki two of the nine that were studied. One of the attacks were committed by the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (banned in Russia and several other countries).
Earlier, foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow considers the report of the OPCW on the use of chemical weapons in Syria helpful and willing to assist in the investigation. Churkin said that the report of the UN mission and the OPCW to chemical weapons in Syria is not enough for the imposition of sanctions of the UN Security Council against Damascus.