August 15, 2022

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Russia vetoes UN chemical weapons on Syria

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Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution extending the mandate of the only official mission investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) was set up in 2015 to identify perpetrators of chemical attacks. It is due to report later this week on a deadly nerve agent attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April. Russia has rejected a separate report from UN human rights investigators blaming the Syrian government.
But Russia could not get enough support and instead used its veto to block adoption. Russia, along with the UK, China, France and the US, have veto powers at the Security Council. 
It is the ninth time Russia has blocked action against its ally Syria, something rights group Amnesty called “a green light for war crimes”. 
The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was also scathing, accusing Russia of siding with “dictators and terrorists”. 
But Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia accused the US and others of trying to embarrass Russia.

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