Earlier, Moscow has opposed the extension of the mandate of the UN mission and the OPCW to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria
The white house has issued a rebuke against Russia, calling its actions “shocking” after she vetoed the UN plan providing for the continued investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Eight days ago, Russia has used its veto in the UN Security Council, thus preventing the extension of the mandate of the UN mission and the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, known as the Joint mechanism for investigation (SMR), which is investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
“Russia’s attempts to undermine and eliminate the CMP demonstrate a complete disregard for the suffering and loss caused by the use of chemical weapons and a complete lack of respect for international standards”, – reads the statement of the White house.
CMP has established that the government of President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the chemical attack on opposition-held town of Khan Shaykhun in April, which killed dozens of people.
This information is contained in the CMP report sent to the UN Security Council on 26 October.
“This outrageous attack was the fourth case where the SMR confirmed the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons, stressing the cruel and horrific barbarism of Bashar al-Assad, which the protection provided by Russia, it becomes even more shocking”.
“The United States urge the UN Security Council extend the mandate of the CMP, so we can set responsible for this terrible attack and to send a clear message that using chemical weapons would not be tolerated,” said the White house.
The Assad government has repeatedly denied the use of chemical weapons.
Damascus says that one of its air strikes in Khan Sheyhun was applied to the storage of weapons belonging to rebel forces. These allegations were “ruled out” the Chairman of the UN Commission of inquiry in Syria, Paulo Pinheiro.