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. nobody

    screw Russian and China

    July 19, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. sasss31

    The end is near for Bashar al-Assad the baby killer. The blood of over 17,000 Syrian civilians will NOT go in vain..

    July 19, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Arnold

    The Russian and Chinese Olympic teams should be banned from the games next week.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. hypatia

    Russa and China....supporting monsters one at a time.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • NetStaff

      What about the states? didn't not support Saddam Hussein since 1979 till 1990?
      Are they not supporting dictators like the Saudi king? can we say they are monsters too?

      July 19, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. A Better Person

    Buy American.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • The United States of Babylon

      Buy American. Buy junk.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Reeves

    Don't worry folks Obama is going to apologize and everything will be okay,except if you are in Syria.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. CHINA FLIES

    dictator will deserve to be getten down by the peoples who seek for freedoms and democracy.furk the courtry which they vetoed the UN resolutions again the Asad regims.china and russia regims are birds with same feathers.they are both frightened by the Ariab spring revolutions.they all know their future fortune if they agreeed.who can tell them?

    July 19, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. NetStaff

    What about people that are getting killed in southern Saudi and Bahrain? no-one mentioned them? the states and UK & France don't care about them getting killed over there? or they only care about the Syrian people? Even CNN is afraid of mentioning anything that might hurt the Saudi's feelings.
    Saudi and Qatar supplied the rebels in Iraq with weapons to KILL the American & UK soldiers in the name of insurgencies!!
    Forgive me but you guys are sheep and the Saudi are moving you from one direction to another

    July 19, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. htos1

    The obamanauts don't have a CLUE in the world,too much focus on diddy-boopin' the devil white man.This is excellent for China and Russia who deparately wish for an "event" that will allow them to take out US assets around the world-stay vigilant!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. NW_guy

    Once again money is placed ahead of doing what is right. And Russia and China are probably afraid something similar might occur in their countries... freedom is contagious.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jfb

      what Russia and China gonna do when the FSR eliminate this monster aka assad and "its" subhuman sadistic thugs?

      July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrey

      Your comment is as original as anti-American ones about oil! It only shows how brainwashed you are.... stupidity is contangious.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • booboo

      Do you smoke a lot of crack? This is the Muslim Brotherhood taking over a "moderate" regime to put in place leadership that supports jihadist. Turn off American idol, Fox News/CNN/MSNBC if you want to live in reality.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. citizenUSA

    If it weren't for vodka and fortune cookies, Russia and China would be totally useless, (like the U. N. is). I hope the world considers things like this when they throw their hatred towards America. We may have our issues but people are literally dying to get in here. Since events like this can affect every country in the world, every country in the world deserves a vote and the majority wins.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • imying

      Actually.. people are flocking OUT of this country in record numbers... look it up. The world hates us and now our own citizens are starting to hate us as well.. might as well get used to it. it's not going to get any better.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Ya, but Russia turns out a lot of good looking women. Most of whom want to escape to the west.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • trollbuster

      Every country has a right to vote on other country's destiny?

      One of the stupidest statements I see today.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jt_flyer

      Good Russian vodka is actually polish made with polish rye stolen from Poland.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrey

      If not for Eeee.... jeans US would be totally useless.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Yeah China is so useless. See how much of the U.S. government's debt they own, then come back and tell us about how useless China is.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      1. People are not flocking out of America in record numbers. Please tell me where to look it up.
      2. Yeah, some Russian women are extremely hot.
      3. Is it less stupid to say 5 countries have a right to vote on another countires destiny? Your reply is the most stupid I've EVER seen.
      4. Go Poland!
      5. Whaaaaa?!
      6. OK, China is only useful when we need money.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Arcy

    Obama is not respected by the leaders in other countries. They know he is intellectually light and any suggestion by Obama to "get tough" is rooted in a passifist lie. We are leaderless in the U.S. Even the SEAL Team 6's commander stated yesterday that Obama is NOT respected by our own military! It's time for a new President, one that we can ALL respect.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Like Bush....now there was a respected military genius

      July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • DK

      @Arcy – you're incredibly "light" yourself. Obama is a graduate of Harvard Law School and was and editor and president of the Harvard Law Review, one of the most respected journals in the world. But being the dim bulb you are, I'm sure you were unaware of that.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    The Russians and Chinese have Syrian blood on their hands. They have no shame.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • The United States of Babylon

      And the US has Palestinian blood on their hands.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrey

      I do not agree with you: those supporting terrorists and financing foreign mecenaries have the blood on their hands. But anyway: better blood on hands than sawdust in the head!

      July 19, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kharg Island

    Syria is fighting al-qaeda. Why is it alright for only the US to fight al-qaeda? Leave Syria alone!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • imying

      Whats curious is, we're actually FUNDING and ARMING Al Qaeda in Syria... ironic huh?

      July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • RICHARD

      The US does not fight al qaeda.

      The US created al qaeda as well as the Taliban. Hillary Clinton has said so. John McCain has called them heros. Although America created al qaeda, they are now operated by certain gulf states which in turn have a quarrel with Syria.

      Check it out. Do your homework. Start by writing down which player (nation) is involved in the battles on which side. This is a very revealing exercise.

      For example: US, UK, France & Israel back the rebels against Assad. Right? Latest statements from King Abdullah II of Jordan says that elements of al aqeda are operating with the rebels against Assad. Connect the dots. Al qaeda is fighting ON OUR SIDE. Why?

      The issue is Sunni vs. Shia Islam. It has nothing to do with liberty or even human rights. It's a feud and we are caught up in it. We buy our oil from Sunni Saudis so we are forced to back their play whether we want to or not.

      but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

      July 19, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • picperfect

      Agree. But hopes on Romney? I dont thinks so. Neither one is good for our country.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. RICHARD

    SYRIA has been a client state of Russia since Soviet days, but Syria, like Iran, is mostly Shia Islam while Saudis & Qatar are Sunni. Qatar is financing mercenary rebels via the offices of the Syrian National Council in Istanbul.

    The rebels, not Assad, began the violence and consist in part of elements of al qaeda which was created by the US. Hillary Clinton admitted to it and John McCain has called them heros for their part in assisting the MB in Libya. The Syrian debacle is mostly a Muslim feud, but because America wants to continue to buy its oil from the Saudis we are forced to participate on their side.

    Russia and China really don't want to get sucked in, which is why Putin is still trying to talk. As long as their client Assad is threatened they are being pulled into it too. This feud is sucking everybody into a Muslim argument.

    but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

    July 19, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
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