UNITED NATIONS (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 19th September, 2019) Russia may veto a UN Security Council draft resolution during a vote on Thursday calling for a ceasefire in the northwest of Syria, a diplomatic source at the United Nations told Sputnik.
In August, the "humanitarian troika" comprising Germany, Belgium and Kuwait proposed a draft resolution urging for a ceasefire in Syria's northwestern regions and ensuring access to aid agencies there.
"Tomorrow, there is going to be a vote on the draft resolution at 3:00 p.m. [EDT]," the source said on Wednesday. "It is a difficult situation, precisely, because Russia is opposed to passing the resolution, so let's see tomorrow."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in later remarks that Idlib is controlled by radical groups affiliated with the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization (banned in Russia) and Russia together with Iran and Turkey is determined to put an end to the tense situation.
Russia, Turkey and Iran are guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria. Russia carries out humanitarian operations across the country on a regular basis and helps Damascus in providing safe passage for the return of Syrian refugees.