Gatilov: UNSC Draft Resolution on Chemical Weapons in Syria Is Unacceptable

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that the draft resolution put forward by Western countries to impose sanctions on Syria was unacceptable to Russia and violates the presumption of innocence

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that the UN Security Council draft resolution proposing sanctions on Syria under the pretext of using chemical weapons is unacceptable.

Gatilov told reporters on Monday that the "Western version of the draft resolution" is unacceptable to Russia.

Last Friday, Russian Deputy UN Ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, said that Russia intends to veto the draft resolution which was prepared by the US, the UK, and France. He asserted that the three states’ evidence, upon which they base the resolution, is insufficient and that it violates the presumption of innocence.

Gatilov said that he came to Geneva to take part in the UN Human Rights Council meeting, and that he will meet with UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura, adding that meetings with opposition delegations were not unlikely.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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