UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – United States, French and British efforts at the United Nations to launch a new investigation into chemical weapons in Syria and revive peace talks “come at an inconvenient time,” Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia said Tuesday.
The three allies put a draft resolution on the Security Council on Saturday, hours after military strikes on three suspected Syrian-Syrian weapons sites.
Asked about the draft resolution, the Russian ambassador told Agence France-Presse that the project “is not timely,” noting that Moscow is not ready to talk to the West about Syria after the military strikes.
The draft calls for a new investigation into the perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria, pushing for the dismantling of all chemical weapons in Syria, a ceasefire and calls for peace talks.
The first round of negotiations on the draft resolution took place on Monday, but diplomats said Russia had not entered into discussions and no date had been set for a vote on the draft resolution.
Western diplomats said they were ready to allow time for negotiations to make every effort to involve Russia.
“We are discussing the resolution, but we do not look forward to rapid progress on this issue,” British Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pearce told reporters.
“We need to chart a way back to the peace process and I think we all know that this will take time,” she said.
Russia has used its right to veto 12 times in the UN Security Council to prevent any action against its ally Syria.