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. clancy

    To understand why this reaction remember " The enemy of my enemy is my friend"

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

      well spoken sir

      July 19, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrey

      RIght! Remember: "the chickens will come back to roost"!

      July 19, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Agnim

    Good on the Russians!
    Only self-destructive fools, like the crazy Americans, would enable the suicidal sunnies who are hell bent on blowing them up!

    The Russians know first hand what it means to deal with the maniac muslims in the Caucuses.
    And the Chinese are also have their hands full of the insane islamists.
    So why interfere in the shiite-sunni showdown?
    Americans never see a war they don't want to join, or see a peaceful situation that they do not want to inflame.
    After all, why waste resources on a huge military if you are not going to use it or at least test it out from time to time?

    Americans who are awake by now will remember 911. It was cause MAINLY by Americans love of inciting conflicts and wars!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • The United States of Babylon

      America has a history of backing despots: The Shah, Batista, Marcos, Noriega, Hussein, Mubarak... It's no surprise that America is arrogant and bellicose judging by the company they keep.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roger

    Not to worry, this is all for show...no super power is going to go to war or a world war over this, especially not over Muslim lands – and it's so clear that the Russians are harboring Assad, probably on a frigate in the Mediterannean off the coast of Syria – and they just want to see a small Alawite enclave created there, to guarantee them a passage of oil and goods for the Middle East in the long run. Syria will then be divided. And this plays into the hands of Netanyahu...so obvious!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. jpalm32@msn.com

    Hillary real sucks at this!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. From Russia and China to the USA and his buddies:::╭∩╮(⃕‿⃕)╭∩╮

    From Russia and China to the USA and his buddies::: ╭∩╮(⃕‿⃕)╭∩╮

    July 19, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    To all who say the US should leave the middle east alone: Where has your voice been for the past 50 years? The West has neen messing with middle easterners affairs for decades! You want western forces out now?
    Do you not see that it is against the Muslim religion to join with the invading infidels? That every single faithful Muslim would have to be slaughtered before western influence is widely accepted?

    July 19, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey, there!

      I han't even been born yet 50 years ago. POINT?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. triman666

    Ok so no one in the US really has the stomach to enter another armed conflict. What is right is that some Army step in and separate the two sides but that isn't going to happen. Why hasn't the Arab league stepped in and stopped it. Why does everyone think the United States has to be the world's policeman? Unless we think we can get into a possible military spat with Russia I suggest the US govt make a public statement that a Russian and Chinese plan is what we will support and let them solve it. We should take a containment strategy and offer to keep the conflict within the borders of Syria. Bottom line is we learned how expensive these nation building, regime changing efforts are and I personally don't believe that we should waste one more American life in the middle east.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    Can't wait to see which country, Russia or China, is going
    to take Assad in when he falls.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. WHAT!?!?!?!

    Russia and China need to step it up; why does it always have to be the US that has to fix that continent? We have enough problems here on our continent, time for someone overseas to step it up.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Umm

      Why do we feel we should always get involved.

      Maybe the best thing we can do right now is let people handle their own problems while we get our own country straightened out.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      if you don't want to work Obama has your back. If you do want to work look out. That's exactly the message being put out there folks.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Why does it have to be the U.S. to fix that continent? Are you serious? Its because the U.S. is behind all the problems in that region because they prop up & protect all the dictators to supress their own people for the benefit of the U.S. empire & stealing their oil.....every government being toppled was supported & put in place by u.s. & now they are funding all the rebels with weapons & military, the u.s. is the world problem now just like the nazis & it needs to be put in place & sent back to its borders, the mask has been unveiled & the world now sees it, the u.s. is the enemy just like the nazis

      July 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • cynthia

      If they didn't benefit from Assad being in power they would 'step up'. Putin is Stalin II, he just hasn't committed genocide, yet....

      July 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • thomas

      Why does the US always assume that the US needs to become involved?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrey

      Nobody else has got that ambition and sense of own superiority! And they do not want to make their own people to pay to fix somebody's problem... And none of them are ready to make all the sacrifices for the sake of winning the next presidential campaign. And they have some respect for other country's sovereignty. And they do not make an artificial distinction between "good terrorist" and "bad terrorist". And their own population is not as brainwashed so cannot be relied upon to support all that madness...
      Do you need any more reasons?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey, there!

      Stupid, Jay jay. Wide swaths of stink and bs trail in your wake. Uniformed.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |

    Foe Iraq we had the PNAC papers and for Syria we have the program initiated by Kofi Annan when he was acting head of UN while still part of a group of Internationalist.that belong to well financed international corporate figures.
    Are there Syrians who are fighting for. more freedoms and a better form of hovernment

    July 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SSampson

    This is why we cannot have ANY permanent memebers of the Security Council – and there can be NO VETO power... And yes – that means we wouldn't have a permanent seat – OR VETO... but frankly that is not much on an issue.... most Security Council stuff is brought forward from 'our' side anyway (whatever that means)...

    July 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrey

      Well, I gues that would mean really bad news for Israel: right?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • thomas

      I have no problem with perm members, but I completly agree that the anti-democratic single veto rule neeeds to go.

      The problem is that the "big five" would never agree to it.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |

    America didn't start the Muslim feud in the middle east, but AS USUAL we've gotten ourselves sucked into it. America is more cowboy than crazy. Don't you think time to stop acting like an international cop?

    Real cops will tell you that interference in a domestic quarrel can be very dangerous for them and that's what we've got here – a domestic Muslim feud.

    Russia didn't start the Muslim feud either, but have found themsleves sucked into it just like Uncle Sam.

    Well, here we are. Now what?

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

    July 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Faithful Muslims even have a phrase they use to identify muslims who have sided with the invading christian armies...Al-Fitnah, found in the Koran. But just like most christians, muslims are ignorant of Allah's word.(God's word in english) If the political or religious leaders says "jump", they say "how high" no matter what God's word says.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The United States of Babylon

    America has a history of backing despots: The Shah, Batista, Marcos, Noriega, Sadam Hussein, Mubarak... It's no surprise that America is arrogant and bellicose judging by the company they keep.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Constantine

    Never will any kind of mass media tell the truth. People that are listening to biased information of western media will ocassionally believe it. It's very easy to blame Russia and China for what they are doing, but nobody tries to look from the other side – what is the purpose of all that turmoil. If we look at Saudi Arabia, for example, we can see, that it is opressing it's people worse than Assad or Gaddhafi do/did, with the country being ruled by one large family that is violently opressing any voice against it. But United States keep silence on that issue, for Saudi Arabia being their ally. So, hm... if someone is an ally we can forgive him anything, even medieval laws with head- and hand- chopping and stone-beating and if he is not an ally and doesn't give oil for free – so why don't we call him a dictator, pay a lot of money to some shouting hipsters that run and shoot at anything that moves, warm it up in social networks, give the opposition a lot of modern weapons and call that a democratic revolution? What a nice plan... Mmm, and free oil for the US and Europe. Nice plan! To make America strong by making every other nation weak and subordinate (or so-called democratic).

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