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UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Stability Council is set to vote on Tuesday on a bid by Western powers to ban the source of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military services commanders over accusations of toxic gasoline assaults, even with a pledge by Russia to veto the transfer.
The Stability Council showdown – pitting Syrian ally Russia against the United States, France, Britain and other individuals – comes amid U.N.-led peace talks in between the warring Syrian parties in Geneva, which started past 7 days.
A resolution demands 9 votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted.
Russia has vetoed six Stability Council resolutions on Syria due to the fact the conflict began in 2011. China joined Moscow in vetoing five resolutions. It was unclear how Beijing planned to vote on Tuesday.
Britain and France initially circulated the draft resolution to the 15-member council in late December in response to the effects of an investigation by the U.N. and the Firm for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
The intercontinental inquiry observed Syrian government forces were being liable for three chlorine gasoline assaults and that Islamic Condition militants had utilized mustard gasoline.
British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft stated on Monday that the Stability Council desired to send out a “robust, crystal clear message that the intercontinental group means small business on preventing the use of these abhorrent weapons.”
Chlorine’s use as a weapon is banned beneath the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria joined in 2013. If inhaled, chlorine gasoline turns to hydrochloric acid in the lungs and can eliminate by burning lungs and drowning victims in physique fluids.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government has denied its forces have utilized chemical weapons. Russia has questioned the effects of the U.N./OPCW inquiry and lengthy stated there was not enough proof for the Stability Council to just take any action.
Russia’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told reporters on Friday that Moscow would veto the draft resolution.
The draft textual content seeks to ban the sale or source of helicopters to the Syrian government for the reason that the U.N./OPCW inquiry observed Syrian government forces had utilized helicopters to fall barrel bombs made up of chlorine gasoline.
The draft resolution also proposes focused sanctions – a vacation ban and asset freeze – on 11 Syrian military services commanders and officers, as properly as on 10 government and linked entities accused of establishing and generating chemical weapons and the missiles to produce them.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Enhancing by W Simon)