Russia denies responsibility, accepts no blame, and avoids UN censure. These sanctions are against Syria, and by extension, Russia.
The effort has been made, however, so the Russian leadership knows what the world really thinks.
Perhaps the Ukraine leader of the UN Security Council is right in trying to deny veto power to Russia?
What is surprising is this much detail can be found in TASS and, therefore, is accessible to the Russian people. The Russian people will wonder why their friend and ally, Syria, is being sanctioned by the United Nations.
Maybe they know…
THE UNITED NATIONS, February 24. /TASS/. Russia will veto the UN Security Council’s draft resolution imposing sanctions on Syria over alleged chemical attacks Damascus is blamed for, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Represented to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told reporters on Friday after the UN Security Council’s closed session.
“I clearly defined my position to the partners, saying that given it (the draft resolution) will be submitted for voting we will veto it, and they know about it,” Safronkov said, noting the draft resolution “prejudges results of the investigation” conducted by experts of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The draft resolution is one-sided and “based on insufficient evidence,” he said.
Safronkov pointed out that the investigating team is put “under great pressure” with the aim to “receive some one-sided results of the probe.”
“When we set up the JIM (OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism aimed at identifying those behind chemical attacks in Syria – TASS), we were saying that the investigation should be unbiased, objective and independent. Now, due to exerted pressure, it is not.”
The UK and France released a draft resolution allowing sanctions on Damascus in late December. The restrictive measures include bans on supplies of any helicopters to the country’s government, army or state agencies.