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Russia abstains from vote on UN Security Council resolution on fire arms and light weapons

May 22, 2015, 18:47 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS

China, Angola, Venezuela, Niger and Chad also abstained in the vote

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UNITED NATIONS, May 22. /TASS/. Russia has abstained in the vote on the United Nations Security Council resolution on light and small arms, since it did not take into account Moscow-proposed amendments, Russian deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations Pyotr Ilyichev said on Friday.

"In the course of work on the document, we suggested it be supplemented with a number of concrete measures, including a ban of supplies of all types of light and small arms to non-authorized structures, strict regulation of the broker activity, measures to prevent unauthorized re-export of weapons, measures against piracy production of arms, i.e. unlicensed production or production under expired licenses. Our amendments were not reckoned with," the diplomat said.

The relevant United Nations Security Council resolution, which was awarded number 2220, was passed on Friday by a narrow majority. Six out of 15 Security Council members - Russia, China, Angola, Venezuela, Niger and Chad - abstained.

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