The United States on Thursday accused Moscow of altering an independent UN report to hide implications that Russian companies violated sanctions on North Korea.
The report – a review of whether UN sanctions on Pyongyang had been implemented and was compiled by an independent panel – was submitted to the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee last month.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Thursday an altered version of the report had been submitted to the UN Security Council this week.
“In recent weeks, Russia pressured the panel to alter its independent report, which included sanctions violations implicating Russian actors.”
“This is a dangerous precedent and a stain on the important work of the panel,” Haley said in a statement.
“The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states – including Russia,” she added.
The 15 members of the UN Security Council have to agree to approve the report for release.
Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia complained in August about the draft report being leaked to press and objected to it being released. He did not specify what parts of the report he objected to.