Russia to veto Western draft resolution on Syria

Russia will veto the UN draft sanctions resolution on Syria, prepared by Western countries, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told reporters.

"I made it totally clear that we will vote against such a resolution," the Russian diplomat said.

"This is totally unacceptable for us," he said, adding that Russia "will not be alone to vote against" the resolution.

The United Kingdom, supported by the United States, France and Germany, drafted the new resolution on Syria on the basis of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows sanctions and a military operation. The UK announced its intention to submit the draft for a vote on Wednesday, July 18.

If passed, the resolution that allows measures to be taken in accordance with Chapter 7 "will be a small step towards foreign intervention in Syria (. . .), which runs counter to the Geneva documents which make no mention of Chapter 7," Churkin said.

According to Western media reports, Churkin walked out of the UN Security Council session, leaving his first deputy Alexander Pankin in his stead, several minutes after UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said that the draft relying on Chapter 7 will be considered.

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