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. That Guy over there

    Get your ammo ready boys We will soon be entering WW3

    July 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. junebucket

    Now that the Eastern axis, of Russia and China, have sanctioned the lawless aggression of the Assad regime against its own people, by vetoing needed sanctions and the spectre of potential chapter 7 U.N. military intervention, the United States and its western allies must take the initiative to oust Assad. The U.S. should begin unilaterally arming the rebels, and impose a blockade on commerce. Then Putin will have to decide just how important Russia's relationship with their long time allies truly is. There is very little prospect that Russia would intervene militarily on behalf of Assad. Historically, Russia has not been active in this part of the world and their military doesn't have the logistics or recent combat experience to cope with the seasoned U.S. military. China, is even less likely to actively defend Syria, as its traditional sphere of influence is South Asia. However, active U.S. and western military action could trigger Iranian aggression, and a direct exchange with Israel. Without, the decisive intervention of Russia nuclear arms, this is a conflict which the west could not lose.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wallyjo

    Why does anyone care what they say. They always do the opposite of the United States. Why do we even do business with them. You can see, China owns us now, and we are to stupid to do anything about it.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    All these deaths of women and children are now completely the fault of Russia and China, that have prevented the world from taking any action to help resolve this situation.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barry bin Inhalin

    Quick, Piano Legs – where did you put that red reset button?

    Proving once again that amateurish foreign policy does go hand in hand with incompetent, boob Democrats.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JMP

    Just shows the world that those 2 countries (Russia & China) do not care about human life. With the exception of their own. There is no excuse for those 2 countries to want the genocide to continue. Their leaders are empty souls. In fact because of their in-actions those 2 countries should be held just as accountable as the Syrian leader is for the innocent deaths of those that have already perished. Once we as humans have determined that life is not important, then Armageddon has already begun.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. M Houston

    Hank, while Russia and China DO have their own agendas, US Military intervention is a very BAD idea.
    That's the one thing that the US should NOT do. When it all shakes out Russia and China are going to
    have egg all over their faces, and China's CCP is going to tighten up a lot more on their own populace
    and take very belligerent hard stances vis-a-vis the US.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rosie

    Anyone that still believes that Russia and China give a rat$ a$$ about the rest of the world should just shut up. These two will always be at the back of some loser country prodding it along the wrong path. The US is not really much different but please if you ever try to defend either of these commie states, give it a rest.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    It fits Russia and China normal stances. Russia doesn't want a UN war in its backyard and China doesn't like countries tring to impose their wills on what is an "internal matter" for Syria.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. angelfromhell

    Well it's official that Russia and China keeps getting their hands bloody with syrian blood. It's shameful that we keep standing on the sidelines and we are not lifting even one finger. I'm sad that president obama is not doing anything because he's waiting to see if he gets re-elected. I guess this administration believes more politics then humanity. I thought we were better than that! We need a US president to have a good pair of balls and stand up what is right! We should also start unfriend friends from our facebook (that's you russia and china). The true Syrian killers!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jacob

    China has thousands of innocent men, women, and childrens blood on their hands who have done nothing wrong to china. But then again the blood is also on our hands because everything we buy comes from there. If we had half the courage and self respect that America had during and before WWII we would boycott China. That's right. Boycott the PRC! Let's bring all those jobs back home once and for all.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MIKE

    How many us cities will be nuked? stay tuned..

    July 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bladepolisher

    The usual China and Russia scenario. Why don't they enforce a majority vote and say screw you? The rest of the world already knows that the Chinese can spend eternity eating off of the ground on their knees because that's exactly the way of life communism thrives on, so they can easily see themselves living in a world destroyed by a nuclear holocaust. Russia on the other hand refuses to accept the fact that if anything goes wrong, all those years of purposely making sure they oppose everything we attempted to accomplish will ensure complete annihilation of Russia as we turn the whole country in to a puddle of nuclear waste and vice-versa. China and Russia, thorns in the feet of humanity.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobbo

      Same reason the U.S. vetoes sanctions against Israel. If a majority vote were all that's needed, Israel wouldn't exist any more.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. citizenmn

    Russia and China- best friends of human rights abusing dictators everywhere.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • rosie

      Except for the ones the US backs.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JT

    And Mitt gets laughed at for calling Russia our number one enemy. These people support evil.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobbo

      And we don't? We who veto sanctions against Israel when they mruder civilians.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I am not a fan of Russia or China .. but in this case they are right ..
      Look at the last UN interventions have done Egypt ... only the military are holding it together ...
      the "Brotherhood" will soon take over and look where that will take the world ...

      July 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
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