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UN Security Council meeting cancelled after Russian withdrawal

An Emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria has been cancelled after Russia reportedly withdrew its request for the session.

Australian ambassador, Gary Quinlan, announced the news on his Twitter account, saying: "Following withdrawal of the request for consultations, Security Council meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. (2000 GMT) will not proceed."

The meeting was expected to focus on a Russian plan to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control.