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. Barry G.

    Again Russia and China have proved how depraved they are, to support such a cruel and vile dictator.

    For Russia and China to put their personal agendas ahead of the safety and needs of the decent people of Syria shows how depraved and morally bankrupt these people are.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. yuri pelham

    Events in Syria will evolve toward removal of an evil dictatorial regime. The security council is playing "good cop, bad cop". I don't think anyone wants to get involved.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    But i think the reason that china and russia didnt agree is because they are making lotsa money off this. And are probably selling arms to both sides.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. defjam

    it's time to kick russia and china off the UN Security Council

    July 19, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Caroline Brooks

      agree 100%

      July 19, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Mader

      Im going to kick your state out of the senate because I dont like how your state votes. Thats what your argument sounds like to me, though they arent elected its not a voice that the world can afford to have silenced. Were talking about the largest military (land units) and the largest military (man power).

      July 19, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Caroline Brooks

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

    July 19, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. edward sevume

    Funny but how do you table a resolution that you know is bound to fail through the veto? Is there something else the other super powers are trying to prove? But here it is – the UN needs to reform!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      One of Russia's biggest customers of military hardware is.......Syria. Syria is also one of Russia's staunchest allies in the Middle Easy.

      Russia approving sanctions against Syria would be like the U.S. approving sanctions against Israel. It just ain't gonna happen.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Retired Army

    Russia and Cina veto UN sactions against Syria???

    WOW.....that is SUCH a surprise!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Caroline Brooks

    My heart aches for these poor people

    July 19, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Art

      And Im supposing you think that whatever vile filth fills the void bashar leaves will be so much better? seriously?
      get ready for public executions.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Socrates

    The main objective of the US and the West is to get Russia once for all. The Cold War is back or maybe it never went away. However, Russia is not Libia or Syria, it is a super power with enough weapons to destroy the whole planet. Once think is to bully a third world country and another, very different, is to bully a super power. Obama is just a puppet of forces that nobody can see, they are fascists and extremely dangerous, they don`t know their limitations. Too bad, I like this planet but we are playing very dangerous games.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Caroline Brooks

    US and other countries need to send arms to the people to protect themselves

    July 19, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Art

      Who is it you wish to arm? the muslim brotherhood? al Qaeda ? seriously, do you bleeding hearts ever take ten seconds to think about the effects of your stupidity. toppling a government doesn't even work when someone TRYS to fill the void, let alone this moronic policy of topple and pray..

      July 19, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope


      I think she was referring to the Free Syria Army. IMO, not such a bad idea. You're a scaredy cat!

      @ Barry G.

      Here, Here!

      July 19, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lol @ little mister, no and i think you just need to wipe the sleep outta your eyes, clean your screen and maybe reboot!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jose' Manuel Rodriguez

    That is exactly what I thought. It sounds like the Lesbeans are responsible. Those Lesbeans are always up to no good.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. MANIE

    the U.N is an great example of an Experiment gone bad. no one has the stomach for another war here in the U.S or in E.U the allmighty dollar , the world reserve currency is strangling many nations E.U is in huge debt if we continue down this path the potential to meet the same fate as the roman Empire did becomes real by the day. I say let the syrians duke this out them selves

    July 19, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • NW_guy

      I agree with you to a point... there should be a way to overturn a veto at the UN. Four nations should not be able to stop proposals if 95% of the countries of the world are behind it. In this case, we have a military that wipes out entire villages if they suspect them of aiding the rebels. Similar to what the English did during the Colonial wars in U.S. early history. Using helicopter gunships to dispense of civilians is not something the free world should tolerate.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. fair enough

    now everyone knows how we feel when the US veto any resolutions against the Israeli barbarism...

    July 19, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • turkeyraiser@gmail.com

      Well said Sir... well said.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • chsnative

      Hmmm...Israel defending their own citizens vs. Syria killing their own citizens... You fail at logic.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. ali

    Usa is our only hope for democracy in middle east, please help us get rid of russia.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
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