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. Rob in FLA

    Good for Russia and China for NOT falling into the same disaster-est trap like Libya.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobM

      Libya was disastrous? We removed a dictator in several months, stopped government regimes from killing civilians and put the power in the hands of the people who so far done fairly well in regrouping and rebuilding. If you ask me its one of the more sucesfull operations the US has been involved in in quite some time.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HuPhartNgau

    We can hand-wring and cry, but the bottom line is, sovereign countries need to solve their own internal affairs. This is one barbarous faction fighting another; not one country trying to impose its will over another, or take territory. We need to butt out...

    July 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John M.

      kinda of like support the dictator t slaugthter thousands of more syrians b/c they aim to win their freedom. France could have stay out of american business during the american revolution but they didn't, and without France help, the american rebels would have lost. Americans could have stayed out of hitler internal affairs to allow hitler's genocide to continue, but we didnt

      July 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yang Xi Gua

    Over 80% of new jobs created over the past 4 years are of the minimal wage part time kind. Obama should criticize himself before criticizing others. Syria has excellent education, health, social benefits compared to most other Middle Eastern countries. There is mass protests in the US in the form of the Occupation movement. The US should take care of its own people before intervening in other countries.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hank

      Can you explain China's oppression on innocent Tibetans? Seems like the same hand is preventing intervention in Syria.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kmac

    Russia and China seem to want the out come decided in the streets. If the dictator is removed an the rebels take over then where do they stand. They didn't interfer when Kadafy was bumped off. Why not let them fight it out. They know we are the ones behind the ouster and they know the Iran was is coming. China doesnt want an end to business and Russian cant afford a war. By not truely interfering they have gotten rid of hanger ons from the previous USSR.

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

      I may be wrong but I reckon Russia and China are showing that the balance of world power is changing from the US and West to China, Russia and the East

      Having looked carefully at Putin's face and body language at his recent meeting with Obama; and listening to the forthright messages coming from from China, I think that unless America has a STRONG leader, she will be pushed further and further out of the Power Group.

      I'd love to think I was wrong but I have a nasty feeling about those two getting together.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Russia isn't sitting back and watching a strete fight. They are supplying weapons to Bashar's military covertly and openly. Russia clearly wanted Bashar to stay in power. As for China, I don't think they much cared either way. China will benefit by any instability in the world as it stretches the US and her allies thin. China can use the conflicts as asymetrical war weapons creating tenson between the US and other nations, while creating ties between china and new resource suppliers.

      Never forget that all the deaths in Syria are now Russia and Chinas fault for stopping the world from doing anything to help.


      July 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Seriously, guys

    Sanctions hurt the people of Syria, and hardly effect the government.

    The government will always find what they need by buying it from Russia or China. By imposing sanctions they hope that citizens will become so unhappy they will rise up against their existing government even more. The the country decends into all out civil war, then we have justification to directly influince the outcome of the civil war.

    As an american citizen I wish our country had nothing to do with this....

    July 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John M.

    based upon Russia and China willingness to give Assad a green light to slaughter thousands more of syrians along with torturing children in torture chambers (children were burned to death and/or had their body parts cut off). This is crimes against humanity by Assad, Russia, and China. Therefore, compassionate countries shoud band together to donate drones with Assad's name on the drones, to give Assad a taste of his own medicine and to end this conflict much sooner to save thousands of lives that Assad is tryig to kill for his own sel serving propose of staying in power

    July 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cyg

    Wonder what Russia and China will do when rebels take over and decide to sell their oil and buy arms to/from countries that actually cared about them.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selfish IsADisease

      cyg – They won't NEED to do anything. Sanctions hurt the people, not Assad and his cronies. The people will thank Russia and China – then they've got what they want – a solid base in the M.E and OIL.

      Assad's inner circle are being "picked off "one after the other. It's only a matter of time. Then Russia and China get all the credit for their veto and America is damned again!

      July 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hank

    Russia and China have their own agendas with Syria's current diplomats hence the reason for the votes, it's all a political game. Russia / China wouldn't dear enter war with the US since they are both very reliant especially China. It's sad what's happening in Syria but blame the powers that be for not allowing any US intervention for the massacre that's occurring.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    @John M
    Compassionate countries.Wha?? And which pray are those countries ?
    since when the world powers have cared for the populace? Its always their own political,military,economic agenda.
    Perhaps unbeknownst to you the 'compassionate countries' are financing and arming the 'rebels' ( no one can tell who exactly are these) equally responsible for the blood shed.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. K

    They aren't massacres! They are battles. This was reported in the Washington Times. The US supplies the rebels in Syria to fight the Assad government, and when the rebels are killed, the US goes, oh look at the massacre. This is a US invasion via proxy with the Syrian rebels. The US is lining up it's pieces for the global chess game against Russia and China.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jack 1

    Of course, what did you think from these two irresponmsible self centered power hungary governments. it'll bite them back one day soon when Assads out of power. The people will remember

    July 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack 1

    Those two lose contries have spoken, We should provide them with weapons now by proxy.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Diamond Air

    What we need to do is get a military Muslim that is a sniper in the US Military and all it take is one kill shot. He get caught we don't know who he is.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      You can be sure that they are already aware of that option. The reality is that killing the head of this beast will only leave a brainless monster on the loose and this could be far more dangerous of the people of Syria and could dramatically unstabalize the entire region. The US government does not want to see a complete collapse of the Syrian Nation. They would rather see a transition of power take place. If the country falls complete apart it will be bad for everyone.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Piers Morgan, Supervillain

    While we sit around and argue about the insignificant difference between Romneycare and Obamacare, Russia and China work to hasten Armageddon, for a few extra rubles and a few extra yuan.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIKE

      It is the zionist neo cons that are pushing for armeggdon–you idiot

      July 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    I'm trying to figure out why the U.S. is still a member of this mockery called the United Nations.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
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