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. bribarian

    It's time to make a stand against the zi0nist beast and their illegal sanctions.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alex

    UN is absolutely useless organisation. It must be replaced with another one, with membership restricted to democratic countries only.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    What gives us the right to decide to remove the Assad regime?

    Typical Imperialistic thinking... if we don't like you, then we will remove you and prop up someone we like.

    But this is 21st century so we won't fight a war, but do it through UN.

    Let's face it, the US and the Europeans are ust as dirty as the Russians and Chinese.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      We're not imperialists. We are not an empire, we are a democracy. Children continue to die in Syria and many other places in the world-due to government. It is our responsibility-along with every other free nation, to protect the basic human rights of any person in the world. If we have to blow up the death star to free the galaxy, then so be it.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bribarian

    Understand that the people in charge right now want a world war 3.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. News Junkie

    Russia and China are drawing a line in the sand in Syria. If the West so much as light a birthday candle in Iran...it's WW3.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      I agree and guess what its going to happen soon WW3 another draft here we come!

      July 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tengu

      OK then its on. Otherwise it will just be anotehr occassion for the US to bow down to foreign influence, like obama has done at every chance he gets.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jimmie

    When is America going to wake up and realize that Russia and China are our ENEMIES ?
    Nothing has changed since the cold way. These two hypocritical countries have just abandoned communism.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. revnowwhilewecan

    When are people going to realize that the western involvement of removing ME heads of state has NEVER worked, has only gotten Americans ki lled and has only furthered the agendas of the warmongering profiteers who have a vested interest in putting in someone who "plays ball" with western policy makers. We have only the whole history of the middle east region to make my point.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Jimmie- I agree, anyone who thinks Russia or China is a friend to the USA is very naive.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Ancient -your Gov. Perry has told the Obama administration he will not take the medicaid for the 25% of the people in your state that does not have insurance?

      July 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @TEXAN,the best thing to come out of Texas is an empty bus and leaving that jerk Perry there..China and Russia are a pair of countries nobody would miss,its obvious that they don't realize who really has the economic power,do they,we could easily make Chinas economy crash just telling your top department stores not to sell their Chinese junk of face large fines that would wake up both as they really depend on us more you think..

      July 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SergeySW

    Hello from Russia!

    July 20, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Southern mom


    July 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. America who?

    WW3 will never happen, because it will benefit the poor. Trust me the last thing America wants is a bunch of Americans telling the truth

    July 22, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Tengu

      Youre so funny and probably british or french, or like a 14 year old girl because you hate US so much and have no reason or reliable education on teh matters of which you speak.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. America who?

    America stinks, and has been since D1 of slavery

    July 22, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Tengu

      LOL!! You do realize that there have been more whites held in slavery then black skinned people in teh world. And that EVERY COuntry has had some type of slavery and endentured servitude at one time or another? Read a book or leave the discussion to the grownups.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    hopefully WW3 doesn't start. If it does we must save the Assyrian people their stuck in the middle of this conflict and the Syrian people are getting killed, stop this madness! innocence is being destroyed!

    July 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
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    Wow, awesome weblog layout! How long have you ever been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The whole glance of your site is great, let alone the content!

    September 22, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Harry

    So many paranoid loser in America. Russia and China is saving the developing world from US funded terorrism. Yeah it isn't nice to hear seeing how you have brainwashed.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
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