UN 5 APR. /Offset. TASS Oleg Zelenin/. Russia has submitted to the UN Security Council its draft resolution concerning the investigation into the incident with the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province on April 4. This was reported to journalists the press-Secretary of the permanent representative to the UN Feodor Strzygowski.

He recalled that at the earlier meeting of the security Council, the Russian side criticized the Western draft resolution, “is obviously in a hurry and very careless”. “Instead, we suggested that your business made a short project aimed for a real investigation, and not on purpose guilty before the facts,” said Strzyzewski. According to him, members of the UN security Council have started consultations and will try to work out a “compromise draft” resolution .

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Earlier, the Ambassador of France to the UN told reporters that negotiations on the draft resolution are constructive, and the process is “in the middle of the road”. He noted that his country considers it necessary to adopt a resolution as soon as possible, but the vote on Wednesday is unlikely.

The draft submitted to the UNSC by the UK, USA and France, contains a requirement to Damascus to cooperate in the investigation of the incident in Khan Sheyhun, as well as the threat imposed on the Arab countries sanctions in case of confirmation of the use of toxic substances. In particular, the document obliges the Syrian authorities to convey to the UN and the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) record of aviation in the area, and to provide access to the airbase, which could be dealt a blow.

During today’s meeting of the security Council Deputy permanent representative of the Russian Federation Vladimir Safronkov proposed to reduce the operative part of the resolution to one paragraph which will appeal to the OPCW mission is “to fully investigate at the scene of the reported incident, provided that the personal staff of investigators will be submitted to the SB for consideration and will be geographically balanced”. “Here, you want to display the requirement of illegal armed groups controlling the area of the incident, to provide full and safe access for investigators to the location and the information they need,” said the diplomat.