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. Jason

    Russia and China protecting the Syrian regime? No sh1t. Have you noticed how many weapons those two powers are selling to Syria?

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

      Exactly! Russia especially.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neil Shepherd

      No Sh1t you seen how many USA/Oman/Saudi Arabia/Israel are supplying Al Qeuada in Syria ? Hypocrisy again. what we learn to expect from the USA

      July 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ty

    @randy the U.S. is the country that used veto power about 200 times in history, and when it comes to any problem related to israel the U.S. will just veto it, through 2000 to 2010 it has been dozens of times. China in the history of joining the U.N. has just used veto for just about 10 times, the only reason for ur opinion is the U.S. media never emphasize about it.

    I am a Chinese student currently living in U.S. for college and I have assess to both ends of the media. What i can say and u may not agree is that when it comes to their own interests, the U.S. media is even more biased, through the way they report, what they emphasize and what they ignore to mention.

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

      Please cite your sources.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seattle

      Chinese media is state controlled, U.S. media is not.

      You are clearly biased as a Chinese national. Yet you enjoy coming to the U.S. and getting your education here right?

      July 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • older sista

      I'm afraid you're right....the only thing any person knows about other countries is what his government/news media is feeding him.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 1shotoffers

    How much longer are we going to pander to the disaster known as the United Nations? They need to get out of the U.S. and we need to completely stop any and all funds given to them.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TSB8C

    No surprise here. Next...

    July 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A Better Person

    The lack of respect toward America has nothing to do with Obama. I remember France challenging Bush over Iraq and winning, which forced the US to go it alone in Iraq. The entire world reacted to Bush's decision with anti-American protests.

    Want the world's respect? Stop building up massive debt. Stop sending jobs overseas. Stop causing economic chaos.

    Stop buying everything from China.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony

    Anyone that is surprised by this, needs a nice slap in the face. The US has funded, and housed this group of socialist losers for far too long. We need to send the UN packing, it is a wasted effort, by our government to give smaller countries a voice, but the objective is absolutely a failure. And the people responsible for giving two of the worst human rights abusers, veto power, should be hung for giving the enemies of the west, a plate at the dinner table at all.

    When will congress defund this money pit. There has not been a single western backed effort to pass, because of china and/or russia. What a joke.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chuck

    I wonder if the tables were turned and Saudi Arabia were in civil war, would Russia and China propose sanctions and US veto them?

    July 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big_D

    Syria may already be a done deal. China and Russia should at least think about correcting their place in history even if they won't be getting oil from Syria. I guess oil is more important than a lot of things to China and Russia.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LIBERALSAREAMISTAKE

    Why are we even in this fraud organization ? They appointed Iran to the human rights commission.They are a joke.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew Pacilli

    Personally I think they should reform the Security council this whole single veto vote is not working. Personally I think rotating members from each continent should be included with majority rules clause.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Neil Shepherd

    I agree with Russia and Chinas move here. As the Russian UN ambassador said "Its a geopolitical move to engage Iran, nothing more". Syrians would suffer even more with NATO intervention, just ask the Libyans.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. g.r.r.

    My bet is that Saudi Arabia will bring down the cost of oil to about 70 and hold it there for a LONG TIME.

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

    DR: No, it is not okay to murder civilians. But the UN was established to deal with issues ** Between ** nations, not ** Within ** nations. I am pretty sure no one want the UN telling the US what to do regarding its own internal affairs.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • really

      Really???? Tell me what the UN small arms agreement is about then.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cj

    China and Russia are the kings of human rights violations and violence against their own people. Of course they are going to support another autocratic government. Thier societies lack morality or ethics when it comes to how they perceive people. In China, people are expendable at the benefit of the few wealthy, and in Russia, intimidation and corruption is the law of the land. These countries eat their own so why should they care about another country's civilians?

    July 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ca2011

      Very true. We don't care about other country's civilians either. We kill them for oil.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    People of the United States of America and MSNBC Lean Forward Progressives,
    What did you all expect? The Obama Administration wants the United States to gut our Defense and Nuclear weapons forces for what?The Russians and Chinese are. no matter what the President believes extremely dangerous,they would exploit our weakness every chance they have and can never be trusted,I have in my past military experience had encouters with the Soviets and Chinese and they are cruel calculating and have no remorse about loss of life.It is obvious just on how many times they have voted against us in the UN,that no matter if a 100 thousand die in Syria they want their puppet government to remain in place no matter what the cost..

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

      There are enough nuclear weapons to kill everything on earth in stockpiles many times over.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • older sista

      To Frank: What's that old saying, "Know Your Enemy"? The English never understood the Chinese nor the Indians....the US never understood the mind set of Southeast Asia, still doesn't "get" Russia, China and certainly not the middle East. The very idea that some US hot shot president is going to be the one to 'broker peace' is naive, laughable and typically highhanded.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
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