- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

BEIRUT — Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador says the U.S. decision to cancel a vote on a U.N. resolution that would condemn the reported chemical weapons attack on a Syrian town “opens a window of opportunity” to find a compromise.

Vladimir Safronkov told reporters after closed Security Council consultations that a resolution “should not, cannot and will not pre-judge the outcome from (an) investigation.”

Russia strongly objected to provisions in the original draft circulated by Britain, France and the United States which it said blamed President Bashar Assad’s forces for the attack before an investigation.

Safronkov said he can’t understand why the council rejected Russia’s proposal for sending a team to conduct an “impartial, objective, honest investigation.”

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