Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov speaks during a news briefing in the main building of Foreign Ministry in Moscow, December 15, 2008 -
PARIS – 8 November 2017: Major Western powers appeared ready for a showdown with Russia at the UN Security Council after demanding on Wednesday the renewal of the mandate of an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, The New York Times reported.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday Moscow opposed a draft UN resolution to extend the mandate of the investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
Ryabkov’s comments came hours after Russia rejected a report by the international inquiry blaming the Syrian government for a deadly toxic gas attack on April 4.
In a joint statement by the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and the United States, the four countries said they had full confidence in the findings and called on the Syrian regime to end all use of poison gas and finally declare to the OPCW all the chemical weapons it possesses.
“We therefore urge the United Nations Security Council to maintain the investigative capacity” of the inquiry, the statement said.
“After such a report, the Security Council and all its members have a common responsibility to protect the international non-proliferation regime and to respect their previous commitments,” the joint statement said.