Russia Veto Brings Down The Syria Chemical Arms Panel
Russia has upset the United States and its allies after it stood in the way for an American-sponsored resolution at the Security Council. The aim had been to extend the life of a panel that had launched investigations to identify the party that had been using chemical weapons in the Syria conflict.
The panel hit the conclusion that both the Islamic State militants and the Syrian government used chemical poisons in the war. Russia is determined to ensure that this panel is dissolved as soon as possible.
Nikki R. Haley, who happens to be an ambassador of the United States, has denounced veto outlining that it struck a deep blow. He went ahead to accuse Russians saying that they were behind the attacks which is a war crime.
Ms. Haley while addressing the council opined, “The message to anyone listening is clear: In effect, Russia accepts the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The next chemical weapons attack is on your heads.”
Vassily Nebenzia, the ambassador of Russia ridiculed the American indignation. He accused the United States and its partners as well of having made attempts to maintain a panel with extremely systemic flaws.
According to Mr. Nebenzia, there was absolutely nothing balanced in the U.S. resolution. Later on he addressed a number of reporters insisting that Russia strongly condemned the use of chemical weapons by any country around the globe. He termed the reporting by the panel as absolute nonsense and a joke.
It was the 10th time that Russia was employing its veto power as one of the permanent members of the Security Council and it sought to protect the Syrian government.
The veto has not given clear directions as to whether or not those responsible for chemical weapons use in Syria will be held accountable in the long run. The bitter differences expressed by Russia and the United States called into question their capabilities in bringing to an end the seven year old Syria war.
Panel investigators through a report have outlined that they heavily relied on photos, interviews, analysis of soil samples and videos.