Rus­sia vows veto on UN Syria sanc­tions vote

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NEW YORK — Na­tions urg­ing the UN to ban he­li­copter sales to Syria and im­pose other sanc­tions over chem­i­cal weapons at­tacks are press­ing to­ward a vote shortly. But Rus­sia is vow­ing a veto. Bri­tain’s deputy UN am­bas­sador, Peter Wil­son, said af­ter a closed-door Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing Fri­day that a vote will come “as soon as pos­si­ble.” He’d said ear­lier Fri­day that diplo­mats aimed to ad­vance the mea­sure “in the com­ing days.”

Bri­tain, France and the United States have been seek­ing sanc­tions af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the United Na­tions and an in­ter­na­tional chem­i­cal weapons watch­dog or­ga­ni­za­tion de­ter­mined last year that the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment was be­hind at least three at­tacks in­volv­ing chlo­rine gas in the civil-war­rav­aged coun­try. Rus­sia, Syria’s clos­est ally, has ques­tioned the in­ves­ti­ga­tion’s con­clu­sions link­ing chem­i­cal weapons use to Syr­ian gov­ern­ment, and Rus­sian deputy am­bas­sador Vladimir Safronkov said Fri­day that his na­tion would veto the sanc­tions mea­sure if it came up for a vote.

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