Vote on UN Assad regime sanctions sought next week

Orient Net 2017-02-25 05:54:00

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Nations urging the UN to sanction Assad regime over chemical weapons attacks are seeking a vote next week, while Russia is vowing a veto, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The vote was requested for the coming week, a diplomat at the Security Council told AP Friday night on condition of anonymity as the discussions about the proposal were private.

Britain’s deputy UN ambassador, Peter Wilson, said earlier Friday that a vote would come "as soon as possible."

Britain, France and the United States are seeking sanctions. The sanctions would include a ban on helicopter sales to Assad regime, among other measures, AP reported, having seen a draft resolution.

An investigation by the United Nations and an international chemical weapons watchdog determined the Assad regime was behind at least three attacks involving chlorine gas.

Russia has questioned the findings. Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov calls the resolution "a provocation" and says Russia will veto it.