US, Russia offer rival measures to pursue Syria violations

US, Russia offer rival measures to pursue Syria violations

United Nations: The United States and Russia have circulated rival UN resolutions on extending the work of experts seeking to determine who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Russia vetoed a US-sponsored Security Council resolution on October 24 that would have renewed the mandate of the experts from the UN and the international chemical weapons watchdog for a year.

The rival resolutions, obtained yesterday by The Associated Press, would renew the mandate of the experts’ Joint Investigative Mechanism but under very different conditions.

Two days after Russia’s veto, the experts released a report blaming Syria’s government for a sarin nerve gas attack last April on Khan Sheikhoun that killed over 90 people, and Islamic State extremists for an attack in September 2016 in Um Hosh in Aleppo using mustard gas.