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US, allies reluctant to see real Syria investigation — Russia’s UN envoy

April 11, 4:40 UTC+3 UN

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to adopt a compromise draft resolution on investigation into the purported chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma

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UN, April 11. /TASS/. The refusal of Washington and its allies to support a compromise draft resolution on Syria demonstrates that those nations are reluctant to see a real investigation into an alleged chemical incident in the country, Russia’s UN Envoy Vasily Nebenzya said on Tuesday.

"Regretfully, the rejection of this resolution is an indicator that shows a lot. This is very alarming for us," he said. "We came up with an absolutely innocent resolution, which, on top of that, was almost equal to yesterday’s [resolution] by Sweden."

"I struggle to understand, between what lines of this resolution did [US ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley manage to find our ploy and trickery," he went on.

"The fact that you failed to adopt this resolution demonstrates that, regretfully, our US partners and their colleagues don’t need any real investigation," he said. "We regret that this resolution was not adopted, although we indeed hope that the fact-finding mission will soon arrive in Syria and will manage to fulfill its direct mandate - to establish facts of what had happened in Douma."

"The Russian military and the government of the Syrian republic will support this mission in the sense that they will ensure its security," he continued.

Commenting on statements by US and UK envoys, Nebenzya said: "The threats that you are voicing now against Syria should sound alarming to us all, because we may be on the verge of very, very grave and sad events."

"Once again, I would like to ask all of you to refrain from the plans on Syria that you are possibly plotting," the Russian diplomat added.

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to adopt a compromise draft resolution on investigation into the purported chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, prepared by Sweden and supported by Russia. The draft resolution was supported by five nations, including Sweden and Russia. Four member states, including the United States and the United Kingdom, voted against. Six nations abstained.

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