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. reasonablebe

    I cannot believe anyone is surprised at this. It is a financial decision to both of thee countries. I expect that they believe any other fall out will either not effect them or will be defllected. It would take something from Syria happening in their own lands to make them change their mind.... recall WWII.

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

    The UN is no longer a relevant world organization. It is a waste of time and tax payer money.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smako

      The UN would be more effective if their headquarters was in Syria or Iran, but they live under our blanket of freedom, so they are free to criticize us on every move.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheetahe

      So get out if you do not like what is being decided.
      You want to instigate and support terrorist acts and havoc in the Middle East and then you want the world to approve them, I think you will be disappointed.
      Most of the world is figuring out that the unholly alliance of the west, sarabia,qatar and turkey are behind the unrest in syria and are not going along with this nonsense.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Floyd Turbo

    Shame on you Russia! Shame on you China!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tamars

    of course russia & china would veto the sanctions. they both brutalize and deprive their own citizens and have economic ties w/ syria.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smako

    This should be followed by a rim shot. Ba-bump-bump-crash. These are the people that the Arab League of Nations chose over us to settle this dispute after they tried, and got hungry and gave up. We were asked and told to stay out of it, we are. It's time to change the channel people, this one is going to turn out worse than it already is, and none of it is our fight.
    If I were to describe these people as f i l t h y a n i m a l s the moderators would give me a digital enema, so let's just leave it at that.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alicia

    Very simply put.. China and Russia are non- N W O participants... you figure out the rest.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ART

    I can only hope that the people of syria will be able to drag Assads lifeless body through the street by the time its all over, and maybe that would be an impetus for the Russian and Chinese people to do the same to their dictators

    July 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    Sanctions seldom work and it will fail with Syria since Russia will supply Syria sanctions or not. In addition Syria's military can take on the west and the Iraqi chemical weapons which were taken to Syria will be used on these protesters

    July 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. José

    I also agree with previous comments, why are China and Russia apart of the UN, they are nothing more then oppressing government who brutalize their own people, kick them out or dissolve the UN because its seems that its a useless organization in the 21st century.......what a waste of our time and money. The hell with Russia and the hell with China.....Get rid of the Syrian govt. Also anything made in China stop buying, it, I myself if it not will not anything made in China!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AK

    Sell them the weapons and ensure no sanctuions to stop the war and massacre, we are guaranteed of maximum profit.
    Who cares how many will die?
    Is this the game here?????????????????????????

    Who will listen to cries of the weak?

    July 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DC Observer

    If President Obama has the stones for it, he should withdraw favored nation status for China and Russia on the international trade side ...the US should urge other nations to follow. Perhaps if the rest of thre UN sends an economic message to China and Russia, something would get done.

    Show us your mettle Mr Obama - we cannot wait til after your last election is over. All the women and children of Syria will be ded by November

    July 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrSmooth

      The US does billons of dollars in trade with china and russia, why would obama interupt that. And if he did, the Republicans will be calling him anti-business. China and Russia will lose trade on their own, when people from these war torn countries realize that the only reason why china or russia veto, is because, this is what they will do to their own ciizens, if an outbreak of civil disobedence occur in their country.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DC Observer

    Free nations of the world opposed to the Syrian violence do not need UN approval of the Security Council to impose individual sanctions on Syria - JUST DO IT WORLD – Show Russia and china that when lives are at stake and they are on the wrong side of the issue -they become IRRELEVANT

    July 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Unit34AHunter

    We need to place 10000% import duties (yes, taxes 100x the value of goods imported) on goods made in China.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coflyboy

      I agree with you 100%. The sad truth, however, would be that we'd have nothing to buy. Have you ever gone to a store intending to 'buy American'? Your shopping cart would remain empty. I know this because I have tried.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • nycheart

      Did Obama say please when he called putin? This demonstrates a total lack of respect for Obama from China and Russia. Although I do agree with Obama to outsource Foriegn policy to the UN as he has no clue what to do with it and I am afraid he will reengage the cold war with China on the side of the russians this time. And maybe a cazy Iran? Obama has more interest in Bain Capital to lead anything right now. A vote for Obama is a vote for Economic Slavary, dependency on government. If you have the skills to take care of your self vote against Obama. Power to the people not the government is what this country was founded on.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Bloughberg

      China owns the US debt, so the US knows quite full well that China can do far more harm to the US economy than the US can do to China. After all, without China, who would we borrow the money to sustain or massive debt and foreign wars.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • revoltofthepatriots

      That would be awesome genius. Then China can call in the trillions of dollars in loans from the United States thus crushing our economy to that of a 3rd world country.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Hunter you're right that's the way it was years ago with so called import tariffs.If China doesn't like it ,go pack salt.If it wasn't for us Americans buying their crap China would be still eating rice and fishheads and still living in mud huts right on the river where they fish,wash and deficate.We can unmake them as fast as make them,they should remember that next time they look to America like they do,like a second class friend.Remember who sent them care packages when they in China were flooded years ago the American Red Cross,no one else or when they had those devastating earthquakes years ago,we sent cadaver sniffing dogs,heavy machinery and you look at us like that.Hit them where it hurts in their economy and hit them hard!!

      July 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • anihcekun

      The most effective way to extiquish the debt is to extiguish the creditor.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If you ever listen to some American diplomats on TV I find it totally ridiculous how they talk about Syria and the Middle East like the problem can just be wrapped up in a tight little pretty package. Mitt Romney, for example, speaks of Israel and the Palestine conflict in the same manner. "Tight little packages" when referring to the Middle East will get you killed.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Merlino

    Suck it, chickenhawks. Go Russia and China!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Houston

      Yeah...go Russia and China! Go sit down and shut up! In fact Go get right off the Security Council!
      All Russia wants is to keep its deep water Mediterranean port and China is afraid of the same sort
      of "uprising" or public disturbance of its vaunted value of "noninterference" in other nations "internal"
      affairs. I wonder how long China would stand aside if this kind of revolt/civil war were to occur in
      N Korea.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Russia and China never saw a human rights violation that they didn't like. They see human rights violations through a jaundiced eye. They don't want the world looking to closely at their governments abuses. You get a good idea on how humane a country is by the way they treat their gay populations and Russia and China don't even register a second look.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
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