July 19th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

Russia, China veto sanctions on Syria

Russia and China vetoed a new U.N. Security Council resolution Thursday that would have imposed new sanctions on the Syrian regime.

Western countries have been pushing for a resolution that threatens sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad if government forces don't stop attacks.

However, Russia has opposed any international effort that would blame, punish or change the leadership of the Syrian government. Russia and China have vetoed two previous draft resolutions in the U.N. Security Council, leading to accusations that Russia is protecting the Syrian regime.

The resolution also calls for renewing the 300-member U.N. observer mission for 45 days after it was suspended because of violence.

Russia has put forward its own draft, which "strongly urges all parties in Syria to cease immediately all armed violence in all its forms."

U.S. President Barack Obama called his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to discuss the Syrian situation, the White House said in a statement Wednesday.

"They noted the differences our governments have had on Syria, but agreed to have their teams continue to work toward a solution," it said.

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  1. Tr1Xen

    No surprises here.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. first!

    i despise Russia and china

    July 19, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Socrates

      Really? Why? Can you expand on your comments so I can learn about something you know and I don't?

      July 19, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      You're not first

      July 19, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Johnson

    First.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. concerned american

    Great news! Its very good to see courageous countries standing up to imperialism, theft, and illegal hedgemony !!

    July 19, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Iloveamerica

      if you don't like this country get out

      July 19, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Russia can't event resolve it's own problems, including dependency on oil and natural gas, so all so called "courage" is nothing but political populism

      July 19, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Well imagine that!

    July 19, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • concerned american

      Russia and China did the right thing in standing up to imperialism and war !!

      July 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sean

    Duh, a no brainer!

    July 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Whatup?

    Russia and China are getting to be such a pain in the %$@!!!!!!!
    Everything that is done that is good or positive they don't agree with..
    They might as well be killing the peoeple themselves over there because they don't help any situation at all..

    July 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. erich2112x

    Russia has always been an advocate for the wicked. China? Those bozos are just falling in blindly.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    They did?!? O.o
    Well, of course they did.
    Shocker of the dayan huh?

    July 19, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ concerned citizen, i agree!

    July 19, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. mrmustang

    Russia and China don't want to support sanctions against Syria because they are worried that their countries will be next. They want to be able to respond with military force against their citizens like Syria is doing now

    July 19, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. TDJ

    That's because it is in the interest of both China and Russia to support thugs and butchers because when their turn comes to squash dissent in their countries, they don't want the UN on their butts.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    oops concerned american, and i agree we are becomming more isolated.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. MANIE

    this is a two way street. if the SC wants to impose sanctions on syria they should do it on both sides. but that does not matter. at the end of the day syria is going to be play ground for world powers. russia gave in to the SC on libya regarding a no fly zone and got burned, my guess is with putin in power he is not gonna make that mistake again. if the west is so adamant about saving lives then they should go it alone like they did Iraq. why worry about what the world says. besides they would be doing what is morrally right(sarcasim) at the end of the day its the syrians who will pay the price and russia and china dont want any part of it.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Buckee

    This is an internal Syrian matter. It is NONE of OUR business.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry G.

      I'm sure that's what some said when Hitler invaded Poland and the rest of Europe.

      July 19, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Art

      How did you get your freedom again?

      July 19, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Travis Ohly

      The execution of little girls and unarmed civilians is the business of anyone with the power to stop it.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • SilentSojourner

      So, it's not the world's business if the Syrian regime slaughters their own people? Perhaps not, but perhaps you have no moral fiber.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Telrock

      That is not an accurate comparision. This is not one country taking over another, this is a civil war.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
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