Russia, China Veto Syria Sanctions In UN Security Council
01 March, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Eileen Guzman
Russian Federation and the Trump administration clashed in a vote at the UN Security Council for the first time as the Kremlin vetoed a measure backed by the Americans that would have punished Syria for using chemical weapons.
China also vetoed the measure, which was proposed by France, the USA and Great Britain.
The initiators of the draft resolution envisaging sanctions against Syria have deliberately embarked on a course of confrontation, and Russian Federation had no other choice but to veto the document, Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov has said after the voting at the UN Security Council.
"Along with our global partners, the United Kingdom will continue to seek justice for the victims of these heinous chemical weapons attacks and work to deter the further use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere", he added. The groups also found that the Islamic State extremist group was behind at least one attack involving the use of mustard gas.
Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of Syria to UN New York Bashar Jaafari is the chief negotiator for the Syrian government in foundering peace talks.
The measure drafted by Britain, France and the United States won nine votes in favor at the Security Council while three countries opposed it - China, Russia and Bolivia. "This is why France took the initiative, with its partners, on this resolution", he said, expressing "deep regret" that the Security Council could not show unity on the issue.
The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons in the war that has killed 310,000 people since March 2011.
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France's criticism was echoed by Britain, with Foreign Minister Boris Johnson saying the veto by Russian Federation and China was "deeply disappointing".
The resolution got the minimum number of votes.
"Only through cooperation will we be able to solve the most hard of tasks", he said. Kazakhstan, Egypt, Ethiopia abstained.
Russia, together with Iran, is Assad's main patron.
Russia's Deputy UN Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov described the statements made against Moscow in the Security Council as "outrageous" and declared that "God will judge you". People have died by being suffocated to death.
The United States last month imposed sanctions on 18 senior Syrian military officers and officials over the use of chemical weapons.
The draft resolution would have banned the sale or supply of helicopters to the Syrian government, and would have placed targeted travel bans and asset freezes on Syrian military and government officers.
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