The Syrian envoy to the United Nations has hailed Russia’s stance in resolving the dispute in Syria.
Bashar al-Jaafari said Russia’s veto of a UN resolution on Syria had saved the Security Council from international manipulation. He slammed the US, the UK and France for worsening the situation in his country and accused them of creating and supporting terrorist groups. The Syrian envoy also criticized the UN for not sending an investigation team to probe the 2013 chemical attack in the city of Khan al-Asal. Jaafari noted that Damascus is committed to the treaty that bans chemical weapons and condemns their use. He made his remarks after Russia vetoed a US-drafted UN resolution to extend the mandate for an inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.