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#Russia to veto #Syria sanctions - US rejoins France, Britain at #UNSC @AFP

#Russia to veto #Syria sanctions - US rejoins France, Britain at #UNSC @AFP

Russia vowed Friday to use its veto to block a proposed UN resolution drafted by the United States, France and Britain that would impose sanctions on Syria for the use of chemical weapons. The trio are pushing for a vote early next week on the measure that would slap sanctions on 11 Syrians and 10 entities linked to chemical attacks in the nearly six-year war. "I just explained our position very clearly to our partners. If it is tabled, we will veto it," Russian Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told reporters following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council. Safronkov rejected the measure as "one-sided," saying it was based on "insufficient proof" and contradicted "the fundamental principle of presumption of innocence until the investigation is over." Russia has used its veto six times to shield its Damascus ally from any punitive action by the Security Council....

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