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. James PDX

    Russia and China "strongly urges all parties in Syria to cease immediately all armed violence in all its forms."

    Yes, that will change everything. However, on the ever so slight off chance that Assad reads this and doesn't immediately surrender, I suggest we just blow the holy crap out of Russia and China. As much as I love variety, human beings have proven that they just don't play well with others who are different from them. So let's just have it out now to see who gets to rule the Earth.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      WE IN THE US MILITARY ARE TIRED OF YOU ILLEGAL WARS You want a war? Send in you Grandma,Mom,sisters,brothers,uncles,kids first and then ask a another a weary vet to go to another WAR? Your smoking crack. As Rick James used to say," cocaine is a hellava drug".

      July 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • older sista

      Yes my dear but we don't REALLY want to rule the earth, we can't rule our own little corner.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • lfguqer

      Yeah, let's do it -we have more nukes!

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

    Russian wants everyone to put down their weapons and stop the violence – like that's going to happen! Sure they want the violence to end – that way Assad can stay in power and Russia can keep that sphere of influence in the region. How ironic that the hawkish Rusiians of old are now playing the peace card all the time.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      You mean their Ak47s, SA type missiles, MIG fighters and T-72 tanks?

      July 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • lfguqer

      That's right – the peace care – that's because we did not start any wars, that's why!

      July 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PuzzledLiberal

    Anybody please help me.... back in the thirties didn't Germany and Italy "de-fund" the Society of Nations? Should we follow their example?

    July 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RadZap

    Why is this a big surprise to anyone?

    July 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Walter

    It doesn't matter whether Russia is protecting Syria or not, the fact is the way the U.N. is set up now it is basically useless. Anytime Russia or China don't want something it doesn't get done. Either change the U.N. charter, or shut this useless waste of money down.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ca2011

      And we do exactly the same when the entire world wants to condemn Israel. I didn't see this much media outrage when we bypassed the UN and started illegal wars under our previous monkey president.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel Weinstein

    Caroline Brooks

    Let the blood of the people be on their hands.... All countries need to cut ties with Russia and China

    Ms.Brookes same comment on RT.com: are you a sayannim helping a situation which will benefit only the ultimate insecure country in the world vis-a-vis sirael? The syrian "spring" and the arab "spring" was a well played theatre for the benefit of zion. And robo-sayyanim like you are on all websites posting in support of intervention. Shame on you.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NauticalMan

    While I do not always agree with everything CNN posts, I would certainly trust their views, where at least one is able to offer an opinion, unlike Faux News, where comments are no longer allowed..

    July 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. older sista

    I don't know about the interaction between Syria, China and Russia but I think China and Russia are being more honest than the United States. By refusing to stop Assad at least they're not being hypocrites. They know darned good and well that if their citizens were shooting at their soldiers, their govts. reaction would be the same. And puh leeze, let's not kid ourselves, if our major cities suddenly had full scale uprisings of armed citizens shooting at government sheriffs and soldiers, our government would be shooting right back and arresting us as fast as they could, even empting our jails to do so. They might not go into towns and kill people in their beds but you just show up on the street and see what happens. And what would be our response to other countries who tried to tell us to negotiate with these crazed citizens????? Yeah.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Russia is taking weapons to Syria for Asshead.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • soyfreeordie

      If you don't know the relationship then why are you commenting? Please educate yourself a bit before making a statement. FYI China and Russia arm the Syrian government.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • soyfreeordie

      "I don't know about the interaction between Syria, China and Russia but I think China and Russia are being more honest than the United States. " If you don't know then why are you commenting and offering an opinion. All you have succeeded in doing here is making yourself look uneducated. Educate yourself a bit before making another moronic statement. FYI Russia heavily arms the Syrian government so they don't want to lose their cash cow. China doesn't want to lose a trading partner. China and Russia are a wolf in sheep's clothing preaching peace while selling war.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • older sista

      Obama Mama, thank you...

      soyfreeordie,
      You could have informed me without shooting me.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Don

    As long as USA is China's number one customer for exports, anybody that slams China should look at how they support China in their buying habits. Walmart is the biggest private buyer of China products. If you want China to back off, don't buy Chinese products. When I see Walmart change, then I'll believe Americans want a change.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • older sista

      I'll bet that I can find 40 products in Wal Mart in 20 minutes that you and I use that are not made in the United States. How about a hand-held magnifying glass>??? Maybe you could get one from National Geographic for $85. but I use my $2.98 one from China. At least I have one. Jobs like that, items like that will NEVER be manufactured in this country again. No employer can afford to pay U.S. citizens a decent wage PLUS carry all the insurances they need to operate legally, supply all the insurances their emplyees want, build the buildings they need and pay for the supplies they need and turn out a quality, inexpensive product. Should we buy Made in the USA products when we can? Absolutely. Can we all do a better job of looking for such items? Yes we can but to think we should have USA companies making silk flowers and coffee cups is unrealistic. Not unless you're willing to pay $22. per simple mug OR, God forbid, go back to doing without like our great grandparents did.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. garwin1

    The un. A do nothing, bottomless pit that taxpayers throw money in.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KELLY

    The US should stop getting our solders involved where we don't belong. Work on the USA. Our war ships should not be in the Gulf over there. I don't see Iranian war ships in the Gulf of Mexico.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • older sista

      I think our oil ships float through the Gulf over there and, ugly but true., we'd be damned fools not to protect them.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tonyh110

    The West needs to pause and smell the coffee – just WHO will take over Syria if Assad and his Alawites are removed completely ? Seems to me Russia and China want the devil they know – like a lot of us in the US who can only post here. On the other hand if the CIA-MI6-Mossad are behind this are they sure they'll install a decent guy – and if they are why is everyone surprised by a Russia China vetoe

    July 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lickmy Scrotum

    I like to stick things in my butt.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smako

      Good afternoon President Obama.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. davecu

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

    Quick while there are still five or six still capable of signing.
    Do Russia and China have something to gain if the entire area explodes?

    July 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • garwin1

      They are making bank from Assad for weapons.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • anobody

      Oil, their prime location on East – West trade routes, and a relatively modern industrial infrastructure. Mainly Oil though.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John N. Seattle, WA

      They are blocking any and all efforts of "the West" to exert any influence in the region. Also, both China and Russia are afraid that WHEN their own population revolts, any precedent set here in Syria could be used against THEM when THEY brutally repress their own people!

      July 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. xman

    It must be a coincidence that the two countries in the UN with the worst records on Human Rights and Democratic histories with its people are the ones to veto sanctions on Syria.

    Could someone explain why the backwards and disgusting examples of governments are allowed in the UN in the first place? They clearly don't deserve the membership.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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