Russian Federation wants terrorism on agenda of Syria talks

Russian Federation wants terrorism on agenda of Syria talks

The proposed resolution drafted by the United States, Britain and France would slap sanctions on 11 Syrian nationals and 10 entities linked to chemical attacks in the almost six-year war.

No party to the Geneva talks has been satisfied with the process to date, Kassis said, adding that she expects no results from the ongoing round of the negotiations.

The fourth round of UN-backed intra-Syrian talks between the government and opposition factions kicked off in Geneva on Thursday.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, right, prepares to shake hands with Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee, HNC, leader Nasr al-Hariri upon his arrival for a meeting during Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. It blamed the attack on government warplanes.

Reuters reported the diplomats as saying the resolution would likely be vetoed by Russian Federation, as it has previously announced, but "with Geneva on at the same time, we think this resolution sends a strong message".

President Donald Trump's policy on Syria remains unclear.

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Mohammad Javad Jamali, another lawmaker, said the draft resolution is aimed at pressuring the Syrian government and thwarting efforts to put an end to the standoff.

Map showing areas of control in Syria.

"The opposition wants to see the Russians to tell them to put pressure on the government or else this process will lead nowhere", said a Western diplomat.

Russian Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said Friday that Moscow would veto the measure because it was "one-sided" and based on "insufficient proof".

She told reporters that after an "overwhelming" vote to investigate whether Syria was using chemical weapons, "the results have come out and people don't like what the results are".