Syria Daily: Russia Blocks UN Resolution on Chemical Weapons

Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov raises his arm to vote against a United Nations Security Council resolution to ban the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military commanders over accusations of toxic gas attacks at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Russia blocks any UN action against ongoing chemical attacks by Assad regime



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UPDATE 1100 GMT: A UN Human Rights Council report on the final stages of the pro-Assad assault to regain all of Aleppo city summarizes:

Between July and December 2016, Syrian and Russian forces carried out daily air strikes, claiming hundreds
of lives and reducing hospitals, schools and markets to rubble. Syrian forces also used chlorine bombs in residential areas, resulting in hundreds of civilian casualties.

As expected, Russia cast its veto on Tuesday to block a UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions against Syria’s Assad regime over its continued use of chemical weapons.

Russia cast its seventh veto during Syria’s six-year conflict, and China joined it for the sixth time.

The final vote was 9-3 in favor of the resolution, with three abstentions.

The Assad regime has used chemical weapons since at least early 2013, including the sarin attacks near Damascus in August 2013 that killed more than 1,400 people. A UN investigating team finally found the regime responsible for four chlorine attacks from spring 2014, and it has submitted a secret list of political and military officials whom it considers culpable.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin said the draft resolution as “totally inappropriate”. Deputy U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov described criticism of Moscow in the Security Council “outrageous” and declared that “God will judge you”:

Despite our consistent appeals, the authors chose a politically motivated path, leading to confrontation and adding complexity to the situation, including on our Security Council platform.

They opted for deliberately heating up tensions, being well aware from the very start that this initiative has no chances of being approved at the Security Council.

“For my friends in Russia, this resolution is very appropriate,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley responded. “It is a sad day on the Security Council when members start making excuses for other member states killing their own people. The world is definitely a more dangerous place.”

British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said before the vote: “This is about taking a stand when children are poisoned. It’s that simple. It’s about taking a stand when civilians are maimed and murdered with toxic weapons.”

French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre said the failure by the council to act would “send a message of impunity”. But China’s UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi said it was too early to act because the international investigation was ongoing.

The draft resolution banned the sale or supply of helicopters to the regime, since they drop barrel bombs containing chlorine gas, and imposed targeted sanctions such as a travel ban and asset freeze on 11 Syrian military commanders and officials and on 10 regime and related entities.

TOP PHOTO: Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, vetoes the Security Council resolution punishing the Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Rebels: We Repelled Regime Assaults Near Damascus

Rebels claim they have repelled days of pro-Assad assaults northeast of Damascus, as the regime forces and allies try to break resistance in the capital’s suburbs.

A pro-rebel outlet claimed that 32 pro-Assad troops and militia have been killed in Qaboun, Harasta, and Barzeh.

The Free Syrian Army also said that it captured armored vehicles, including two T-72 tanks.

The Assad regime reached high-profile “reconciliation” agreements with Qaboun and Barzeh in early 2014, but the regime appears anxious to establish military control before any significant ceasefire is proposed by political talks.

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  1. Lucas, you have been consistently wrong about everything in Syria. That’s because you know next to nothing about Syria. You don’t speak Arabic and you’ve never been to my country. The gas issue has never been tagged to the Syrian government. It’s only imbeciles like yourself you continue to repeat the same lies in the hope people will be convinced by your perseverations. Our army is crushing your terrorist heroes and we will not stop until the terrorists are exterminated.

      • You confuse him with Leith Abou Fadel, his son who runs Al Masdar News.
        Ziad has never requested donations on his site,

    • Dont you have some iranians shoes to shine or is that one of your 1000 ‘cousins’?
      ‘Your army’ lost the war back in 2013 hence why your long necked queen now has to bend over for his iranian and russian masters so she can pretend to be in charge …..all those war crimes just to be their lil prison bitch
      All those horrors inflicted and the rebellion is still ongoing

  2. #International: “Jordan allegedly expelling families of Southern Front rebels killed in recent offensive in Deraa. ” – aronlund
    Why am I not surprised. All this tells me that now it’ll become important for the rebels in Deraa to make plans for the distant future to take control ALL of Syria’s border crossings with Jordan and then flood Jordan with Syrian refugees just like Erdogan did to Europe with his Syrian refugees.
    #National: 1) “Ebla is the last functional gas processing plant under Syrian government control. ISIS has been waging targeted economic warfare.” – tobiaschneider
    I’ve been saying since late December that if rebels attempt to do mobile guerrilla warfare against important regime infrastructure (e.g. oil/gas/water pipelines, power stations, water-treatment centres, power-cables that transport electricity to regime controlled-cities) that rebels would be able to inflict similar economic damage on the regime. I’ve even outlined the areas in which such a approach would be ideal – the infrastructure around/along the Orontes river (east of Suqaylabiyah and all the way to Hama) as well as the area around Salamiyah and north of Homs (e.g. north of Zara) – as well as by targeting the major oil refineries of Baniyas. All such actions (ie permanent capture from or destruction of important regime infrastructure) will create a crisis (ie the Baniyas main oil refinery for instance provides much of the regime’s petrol supply to both to it’s civilian supporters in Hama/Homs/Latakia as well as to Assad’s tanks, destroy the Baniyas main oil refinery and it won’t matter how much oil Iran gives Assad that oil can’t be turned into petrol for Assad’s tanks and supporters!) because it’ll directly affect the Alawites who so far have escaped the economic difficulties that are affecting Syria’s Sunnis. And if Assad can no longer provide petrol or water for his supporters then Assad can no longer bribe his follower into remaining loyal. This is why important regime infrastructure make ideal targets for rebel decoy offensives/raids because the regime would be forced to react (ie protect the economic interests of their Shabiha leaders).
    Also one final thing on this topic: regular deep-behind-the-lines commando style raids against senior regime intelligence/security officers should also be feature as it disrupts the ability to gather intelligence against rebels as well as frightens the torturers amongst them.
    2) Regime money gets so bad that officials “Decree in #Syria obliging private importers of raw materials & basic foodstuff to deliver 15% of imports to the relevant gov agency at cost.” – Jacm212
    #Damascus: “Rebels with captured pro-#Assad forces after a failed regime attack on besieged #Qaboun today.” – worldonalert
    Use that Assadist fighters as bait (e.g. blind-fold him, tie-him to a lamp-post surrounded with buried land-mines or inside a booby-trapped building then place a sniper nearby as his place is ‘leaked’ to nearby regime troops so his rescuers can be ambushed by a rebel sniper after the first Assadist triggers the concealed land-mine/booby-trapped building) to double regime KIA/WIA rate.
    #Aleppo: Apparently Daeesh “had a sizeable quantity of chemical fertilizer stored in Al-Bab” – QalaatAlMudiq
    I wonder whether rebels will recycle it against YPG in Tel Rifaat?
    #Observation: 1) Rebels are getting good at both a tactical level (do average troops and machine-gunners still need to work on their marksmanship) and at a operational levels (e.g. interdicting roads with ambushes of towns rebels are besieging) but at a strategic level (e.g. economic warfare and preventing regime’s ability to support troops in one area by moving troops from another, bring the fight to Alawite areas instead of keeping the fight in Sunni areas, disrupting regime’s ability to gather intelligence through informants and electronic surveillance, targeting of regime intelligence officers and their equipment, rebels in every province coordinating fighting with rebels units in other provinces so regime units can’t freeze fighting in places like Deraa with ‘fake truces’ so Aleppo and Ghouta can be destroyed, creating [or taking from regime?] infrastructure that would help with operations and raids etc) rebels haven’t matured beyond mass-shelling airbases.
    2) “Sad to say but this speaks volumes about SF leadership & competence.The FSA grunts pay with their heads.” – Interbrigades
    A new generation of more aggressive and competent junior SF officers are needed to replace/regime-change the older incompetent senior officers who listen to the Jordanian security services too much.

  3. #International: “Jordan deported dozens of families from Southern Front rebels who fight against the #Assad regime in #Daraa.” – worldonalert
    There’s only one response: Once rebels have capture Deraa/Ataman/Kherbet Al-Ghazalah/Izra as well as cleared Daeesh permanently from Yarmouk rebels should go ALL out to capture Suwaydah (or at least the border areas with Jordan) as well as begin extending Deraa’s current tunnel network all the way to the Jordanian border at multiple areas and flood Jordan with Syrian refugees the same way Erdogan flooded Europe with Syrian refugees. Rebels should also use their contacts with the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood movement (and other non-regime supporting muslim mosque organisations) to smuggle in as many as Syrians into the country and have them secretly settled inside every Jordanian city/town instead of refugee camps. That way if the revolution continues for another 3 or 4 years the Jordanian government will have a massive uncontrollable social problem especially if those Syrian refugees start linking up with Palestinian population of Jordan.

    • Do you honestly believe NATO is going to sponsor [or allow] its failed JI-Joes to turn around and bite the hand that fed by targeting its pet stooge ‘King’ PlayStation for régime-change?
      No, such unmannerly puppies are remorselessly put down when first noticed looking askance at their master, which is the process we are beginning to see happen in both North and South.

      • this refering of yours to the rebels as “unmannerly puppies…” You do realize that the same applies to whats left of the SAA. Assad cant even go and take a leak if Tehran and Moscow dont allow him.

        • There are a few crucial differences:
          1. Assad, being the sitting Head of a Sovereign State, is in a position to levy taxes, print his own currency and repay his foreign allies with deals enforceable under international law [e.g. recent 49-year lease to Russia of expanded Tartus naval base — ], thus can drive bargains with them to maintain a maximum of flexibility in carrying on the fight to win the war outright, relatively independent of their own immediate political preferences. Militarily he controls a relatively loyal and coherent [if somewhat sluggish] army with a clear chain of command.
          2. OTOH the whinging entitled FSA-type JI-Joes have been a pure charity case chawing hard on the HouseArab teat from the beginning, and wholly dependent on the variable political whims of the Pentagovernment. [And, as the ideologies of these pair of ostensibly ‘allied’ patrons diverge sharply, it resulted in 1000 factions who could be easily manipulated by one or the other]. When not too busy kidnapping and killing each other for peanuts their cries reached a crescendo as prospects for success of the warcriminal NATO-led régime-change operation slithered irretrievably down the tubes, until there is now literally zero chance the JI-Joe beggars will ever be in a position to tax the nation of Syria into repaying their phenomenal war debts. Thus, from the economic perspective of their once enthusiastic puppet-masters, it is now a pure bust, while the political and military risks have greatly intensified since the appearance of dem pesky Rooskies trampling with their hob-nailed boots all over HillDawg’s precious ‘humanitarian’ masterplan to earn a few quick kudos from the Netanyahudniks for her [happily blown] election campaign … in short, the game has been transformed and is now inarguably no longer worth the candle for the aggressors.
          3. This analysis is verified by the relative levels of support inflowing — for SAA it is increasing, for JI-Joes tailing off sharply.

          • ” Assad, being the sitting Head of a Sovereign State,”
            The clinging on monarch of a part of what was once a sovereign state.

            • No, it is still a sovereign state even though large chunks of terrain are outside the government’s control, and despite the initially poor odds it is slowly but surely being recovered, as he has promised.
              While some [myself included] have questioned President Assad’s political competence, he has made a surprisingly successful fist at holding his position against a tremendous and orchestrated animus from outside, which would have been impossible without a large amount of solid internal support.

              • Even the most brutal of murdering tyrants generally have substantial internal support. Many people want a strong and determined leader, and will tolerate a great deal of torture and slaughter so long as it doesn’t affect them personally. And they believe that the victims must have done something wrong.

  4. The draft resolution banned the sale or supply of helicopters to the regime” — False, it proposed introducing this prohibition, but as this diplomatic bad joke entirely failed to be adopted this never became operative, thus nothing was ‘banned’. However, the warcriminal proxy aggressors are welcome to try again with a proposal to prohibit the sale of oil-barrels and/or pool hygiene supplies to the Syrian government … that might work.

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