Russia “blocked all efforts to try” to hold Syria responsible for the use of chemical weapons, the US ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield alleged via videoconferencing at a Security Council meeting on Thursday.
“We all know that governance [Bashar al Asad] He used chemical weapons repeatedly. So why was the Syrian government not held accountable? The ambassador asked.
“Unfortunately, the answer is simple. The Assad regime has tried to avoid accountability by hindering independent investigations and undermining the role and work of the OPCW. (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), Thomas-Greenfield holds its first meeting on Syria Added to. In the Security Council.
“And the regime’s allies, including Russia, have also tried to block all efforts to keep the Syrian government in mind,” he said.
“Russia defended the Assad regime despite its chemical weapons attacks, attacked the OPCW’s professional work and hindered efforts to hold the Assad regime responsible for the use of chemical weapons and many other atrocities,” the diplomat said.
His Russian counterpart, Vasily Nebenzia, expressed irony about a statement from American at the beginning of the session, in which he asked that the interventions be brief.
“We always try to be brief, but this is not always possible,” he said, before giving “a brief and useful historical summary of the deliberations at the Council” to the new US ambassador.
In addition, Nebenzia defended Damascus: “Following Russia’s advice, Syria has complied with the OPCW in good faith and disposed of its chemical weapons arsenal,” received with suspicion in the West.
According to the United Nations, Damascus has recently answered 19 questions that can be used in the production or storage of chemical weapons.
The international organization has recently accused Syria of chemical attacks.
Syria denies all accusations from Western countries.
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