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Russia ready to veto sanctions against Syria over use of chemical weapons on civilians
23:26, 24 February 2017
Russia ready to veto sanctions against Syria over use of chemical weapons on civilians

According to Russian representative, the resolution contradicts the presumption of innocence principle

23:26, 24 February 2017

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Russian Federation vows to veto a draft resolution calling for sanctions against Syria over the use of chemical weapons on civilians. This was reported by Vladimir Safronkov, the Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador after a Security Council meeting, according to Reuters.

"There is an argument that the resolution itself contradicts the fundamental principle of presumption of innocence before the investigation is over," he said.

Russian representative also stressed that if this resolution is raised for consideration, they will veto it.

Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, criticized Russia's plans, asking how much longer Russian Federation is going to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime. "You are either for chemical weapons or against it," she wrote.


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