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. cjm1952

    It looks like there are a bunch of people posting on here who do not realize that it is CIA-sponsored "rebels" who are killing innocent people. Can you really be that clueless?

    July 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustAGuy

      Well, I must clarify. The CIA is tasked with serving at the pleasure of the Commander in Chief.

      Therefore, the "rebels" are actually supported by Obama. Should the "rebels" prevail, expect another hostile Islamist nation to emerge out of Syria, more hostile than Assad's Syria.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carl38

    Of course they did, war is the quickest way to boost economies and line their pockets, this is the macro view. The micro view is where the common or the set apart live. We are constantly paying for the mistakes of others. This is about to cme to an end. Repent micro, arrogant macro. Be fearfull of the One who can save us from the second death.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ty

    @Constantine The western medias are sometimes even more biased than the ones in Russia and China when it comes to their own interests, but the most damn fact is that most people do not even realize it and think about it for a little bit. Donno what to say

    July 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Reginald Butterworth

    Obama is busy playing with himself. It's time to get him out of office and let a real man deal with all our problems.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Heather Anderson

    I agree with Russia and China, we shouldn't involve ourselves in other people's conflicts. We are not doing very well ourselves.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Buckee

    Putin and Jin
    Screw Hillary Again.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chuk

    What we're seeing with Russia and China refusal to play along is just payback. Payback for, frankly, conducting a regime change in Libya under the pretense of "protecting innocent civilians". If the West were in the same position as Russia and China would it play along? You know as they say, "fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me". Good luck getting these countries to trust the global regime change schemes perpetrated by the West in the name of "democracy".

    July 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A Better Person

    According to conspiracy theorists, the entire Arab Spring was orchestrated by the CIA. They even believe that those who set themselves on fire were CIA operatives. Morons.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    Two others countries that don’t have an issues with shooting 1000’s of their citizens! They should create a ban of nations and call it the dictators unlimited!

    July 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pete McNeal

    American arrogance and superiority once again rears it's ugly head. How many times in history where we thought we did the 'right' thing and over and over again it has come back and bit us in the behind. This is probably one of those times. Do Americans have crystal ball? Do you know 100% with certainty passing this UN resolution is right and not have even worst consequences? If you ask a minority Christian in Syria he is probably on the side of Russia and China. If you ask an Assyrian you probably will tell you as much as Assad is a bad person if he is gone he will probably be replaced by some hardline Islamic mullah that will be 10 X worst!!
    But NO Americans are ALWAYS right and whatever decisions they have made ALWAYS lead to peace and prosperity for everyone. Why if you ask the average American what will happen in Syria once Assad is gone, he will say everyone in that country will suddenly lay down arms, join hands and sing Kumbaya and resurect Mother Theresa to rule over their country!!! We need to get off our high horse.
    Russia and China may be right about sitting this one out! It's about time the USA do the same!!

    July 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustAGuy

      If they Syrian Christian minority thinks they have it bad under Assad, if the "rebels" prevail, the Syrian Christian minority will consider it a terror.

      That's what happened to the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority after the Arab Spring that Obama so loved. It became a bloodbath for the Egyptian Christians.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Square One

    Nobody is afraid of the USA anymore, thanks to the current clown-in-chief. They know this little man won't do anything against a communist or socialist regime, he envies them. So sad to have a president that doesn't believe in his own country. Thanks democrats!

    July 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      I grew up in a household where everyone was afraid of my dad. I prefer not to live like that because nothing good will come out of it! If you want people to be afraid of America than I'm afraid that we have already lost. As an American I definitely do not want people to fear or be afraid of me! If that's what you want Americans to be than I say it;s really sad to be you.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cjm1952

    Our elected officials are committed to destroying every country on the planet, including our own. The people seem to be getting dimmer and dimmer, believing every lie they are told.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neil Shepherd

      I agree same goes for the UK

      July 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. karek40

    Never thought I would see the day when I agreed with both Russia's and China's position over the U.S. position. Hmmm

    July 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • DR

      So you think its ok for Syria to just mureder its own civilians? Did you also support Saddam Hussein and Hitler???

      July 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler

      Yeah, you're a real humanitarian.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I agree with China and Russia, not because Syria should be freely allowed to kill its own citizens, but because they are using the west – much like Libya used us last year. While Russia and China may have their own misguided reasons for not interfering in Syria's affairs, make no mistake about it: the US does the same with other countries and this is no different.

      Besides, I am not okay with sending our troops to a region that typically celebrates our tragedies. Extremists in their country, like Libya, are using us to gain power, and will turn on us the minute they have it. Why help those who will, in turn, bite us back? Because we're morale people? This is a money and power game, and sometimes it's useful to know when you're being played for a more sinister cause.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Perhaps Mitt Romney and his billionaire friend Sheldon Adelson could get China on board the UN resolution by threatening to shut down their $4.4 billion Macau casino and resort and threaten to lay off the 35, 000 Chinese workers employed there and pull the plug on the $100 billion annual income they're pumping into the Chinese economy! As they say, those who OUTSOURCE together, flock together.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustAGuy

      @Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer – what does that have to do with anything. Heck, who's to say the UN resolution is the best course of action? Mitt Romney has nothing to do with this, he's not president, YET!!!!!

      July 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      I agree, and to just a guy, um so you think our 1% can't/doesn't shape international policy if there not in the white house? That is immensely nieve

      July 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustAGuy

      @Mickey1313 – waiting for your proof that a rich American can shape international policy without the consent of the US government.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. A Better Person

    Want to get China and Russia to listen better? Stop sending jobs overseas. Stop buying Chinese made goods.

    That'll get their attention.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda operle


      July 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      That would be all well and good if 95% of everything you buy wasn't from there. You could drive yourself crazy trying to find all American made products. Not too mention, as far as the vehicle industry goes, if the big guys over hear could provide a product as reliable and well built as a Honda, Toyota, etc.... maybe people would buy them. Any Honda, Hyundia, etc. that we or a family member has owned has outlasted a Ford or Chevy with less problems and were cheaper hands down.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bo

      No it wont ! Made in China goods are a lot cheaper and therefore increased profits for CEO'c and Companies. In turn, they lobby Congress who benefit from previliges and donations to their respective parties. We need to clean our own backyeard.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neil Shepherd

      Russia don't take Jobs from USA? What are you whittling on about. Not many Listen to the USA anyway. You might make China listen more if you stopped dogging them in South China sea and opening up bases in every country that has a McDonald's. Get Real Sir. Hypocrisy doesn't sit well with me.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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