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Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump urged the UNSC to renew the investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Representatives of Russian Federation and Bolivia vote in the United Nations (UN) Security Council on a bid to renew an worldwide inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria during a meeting at the UN headquarters in NY, U.S., November 16, 2017.

But she claimed the Russian draft would keep Syria from being investigated and said Russia is continuing "to push unacceptable language only meant to undermine the investigators and divide this council".

Russia, which is Syria's most important ally, has submitted a rival draft resolution on renewing the experts' mandate to the Security Council.

Japan had requested a vote for Thursday, but diplomats said it was more likely that the council would consider the measure on Friday.

"Only by doing so can the perpetrators of chemical weapon attacks in Syria and those accountable be brought to justice and can the Syrian people be freed from the suffering caused by chemical weapon attacks", Wu added.

It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at the United Nations in support of its ally since the conflict began.

Syrian ally Russian Federation withdrew its own rival draft resolution to renew the inquiry, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), after unsuccessfully pushing for its proposal to be considered second and not first, as council rules required.

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A resolution requires nine votes to be adopted at the council, but five countries - Russia, Britain, China, France and the United States - can block adoption with their veto power.

After almost two weeks of negotiations, the two sides failed to bridge differences and the United States called for a vote on its draft resolution.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said late Monday that "Russia is mouthing words of support for JIM renewal, but those words are not backed up by any actions".

Russia, the UK, China, France and the USA all have veto powers at the Security Council.

"The message to anyone listening is clear: In effect, Russian Federation accepts the use of chemical weapons in Syria", she said, later telling Russian Federation officials, "The next chemical weapons attack is on your heads".

French Ambassador Francois Delattre urged council members to "please think twice before throwing it away, because this would be a major setback for the fundamentals of our common security". The panel's mandate expires at midnight.

He said "we have always maintained that the JIM should carry out comprehensive, objective and impartial investigations into chemical attacks in Syria".

The JIM has also accused the Islamic State extremist group of using mustard gas in 2015 adsnd again in September 2016 in Um Hosh in Aleppo.


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