Western powers, led by the US, are considering military action against the Assad regime as evidence of a chemical weapons attack mounts.
Russia has blocked a US-drafted resolution to renew a mandate of the body investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. A rival, Russian-made motion was also blocked, leaving the future of the probe in question.
The panel created unanimously by the Security Council is due to end in mid-November. Russia has drawn criticism for the move, but says it must first review an upcoming report before allowing the probe to move forward.
A UN panel has confirmed the Syrian regime used sarin gas at Khan Sheikhun in April. The US responded to the attack by launching cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.
State responses to terrorism have eroded the very human rights of citizens that states attempt to protect, said Antonio Guterres. With terror attacks on the rise in Europe, the UN chief called for a balanced approach.
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