Russia blocked a draft resolution of the UN Security Council to extend the mandate of the UN mission and the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) to investigate the chemical attacks in Syria, according to RIA Novosti.
The vote on the proposed U.S. draft resolution took place on Tuesday, December 24. The document was supported by 11 countries. Russia and Bolivia voted against, China and Kazakhstan abstained.
The mandate of the expert work of the Joint mechanism to investigate (CMP) expires on 17 November. By 26 October, the mission should submit to the UN security Council a report on the investigation of the incident with the use of chemicals in the city of Khan shaykhun on 4 April.
According to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow will propose a scheme of further steps in the mandate of the UN mission, the OPCW in Syria just after the release of the report of the CMP and its careful study.
«Russia has always advocated to set up a Joint mechanism to systematically and consistently. In the near future it is expected the release of the report of the CMP. We carefully examine, and then offer a plan of further steps,» – said the Russian foreign Ministry.