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Vote on UN Syria sanctions could come soon; Russia vows veto

  • FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Britain's deputy U.N. ambassador, Peter Wilson, addresses the press before attending a Security Council meeting on North Korea, at U.N. headquarters. Nations urging the U.N. to ban helicopter sales to Syria and impose other sanctions over chemical weapons attacks are pressing toward a vote shortly. But Russia is vowing a veto. Wilson, said after a closed-door Security Council meeting Friday, Feb. 24, 2017,  that a vote will come "as soon as possible." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Britain's deputy U.N. ambassador, Peter Wilson, addresses the press before attending a Security Council meeting on North Korea, at U.N. headquarters. Nations urging the U.N. to ban helicopter sales to Syria and impose other sanctions over chemical weapons attacks are pressing toward a vote shortly. But Russia is vowing a veto. Wilson, said after a closed-door Security Council meeting Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, that a vote will come "as soon as possible." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Britain's deputy U.N. ambassador, Peter Wilson, addresses the press before attending a Security Council meeting on North Korea, at U.N. headquarters. Nations urging the U.N. to ban helicopter sales to Syria and impose other sanctions over chemical weapons attacks are pressing toward a vote shortly. But Russia is vowing a veto. Wilson, said after a closed-door Security Council meeting Friday, Feb. 24, 2017,  that a vote will come "as soon as possible." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Britain's deputy U.N. ambassador, Peter Wilson, addresses the press before attending a Security Council meeting on North Korea, at U.N. headquarters. Nations urging the U.N. to ban helicopter sales to Syria and impose other sanctions over chemical weapons attacks are pressing toward a vote shortly. But Russia is vowing a veto. Wilson, said after a closed-door Security Council meeting Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, that a vote will come "as soon as possible." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)  (The Associated Press)

Nations urging the U.N. to sanction Syria over chemical weapons attacks are aiming toward a vote shortly. But Russia is vowing a veto.

Britain's deputy U.N. ambassador, Peter Wilson, said after a closed-door Security Council meeting Friday that a vote will come "as soon as possible." He'd said earlier that diplomats aim to advance the measure "in the coming days."

Britain, France and the United States are seeking sanctions. A draft resolution seen by The Associated Press would ban helicopter sales to Syria, among other measures.

An investigation by the United Nations and an international chemical weapons watchdog determined the Syrian government was behind at least three attacks involving chlorine gas.

Russia has questioned the findings. Deputy ambassador Vladimir Safronkov calls the resolution "a provocation" and says Russia will veto.