Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. A draft resolution put forward by Japan would have extended the UN-led Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) for 30 days to allow time for negotiations on a wider compromise. But Russia used its veto power to prevent adoption after 12 council members voted in favor of the measure, effectively ending the mission. China abstained, while Bolivia voted no. It was the 11th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action targeting its ally Syria. A resolution requires nine votes to be adopted at the council, but five countries— Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States—can block adoption with their veto power.

AFP

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