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. Randy Cornell

    Most posters on here have your ideas formed for you by television. Most Westerner operate from a stance of infallible moral superiority when it comes to our countries starting wars and causing destabilizing chaos and bloodshed in some far away land. Let frame your zealous statements by asking you a question. If the Assad regime is evil and must be overthrown, what about Saudi Arabia and other thuggish gulf states? 11 of the 17 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens and they have a ridiculously oppressive society. I read that a woman was stoned publicly for being a "sorceress" recently. Bin Laden is Saudi and use the millions his family made through Pentagon contracts to fund his operation. Do we stand up righteously and demand the Saudi Royal family step down? NO. They are our bad guys. Assad is not our bad guy so he's gotta go. The US and NATO are arming, funding, providing tactical advise, and promising $$$ and supportm to the same Muslim extremists that were used in Libya. These are freedom fighters as you would like to believe. They are mercenary terrorists. The Pentagon/State Department's new model is war by proxy through extremist mercenary terrorists all while sitting down at the table at dog and pony shows with the UN.

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

      Dear Randy:
      You are right, mostly. War by proxy is not a new model, however. It has been a standard of conduct by the major powers since the Korean War. Mostly.

      Unfortunately, the US often tends to get over committed in these contests and occasionally finds itself having to committ its own troops. Its the cowboy mentality and lack of patience and finesse that gets America into trouble.

      America is hooked on Saudi oil and like any hooked fish the only choice we have is how hard we can flop around as we are hauled in. America is not calling the shots. We are not captain of the team. We are only players. The gulf states are calling the play these days.

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

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

    Political necessity trumps religious ideology every time.

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

    July 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    The solution? Don't pull out of the middle east. Those people need air conditioning worse than we do.
    Abolish organized religion worldwide and watch as human life thrives as never before. Think of all the problems that would end if organized religion were simply abolished.

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

      RIght: send all these religious sealots to Guantanamo bay!

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

    It is a bit rich they have shelled unarmed women and children and they say it was terror attack. They were legitimate military targets, defense minister, the command. That is fair under the rules or war, and it cannot be considered a terrorist attack and it has been declared a civil war, a war. It was legal baby under the rules of war. What that means is that you can no longer call them terrorists, a enemy army yes.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jim


    July 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    A struggle for power in that region among the world powers . Blood of innocents being shed as usual no matter how you label what is unraveling .

    July 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    And why do we have an organization like the UN? What have they done? Very little. It is time for us to cut our loses and pull our people, money and other assets out. Then we will see how the new world order can get along without the "evil empire" forceing our will upon them.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrey

      Oh no: there will be nobody to "look for WMD" in Iraq and combat terrorism in Afghanistah. I mean no never-ending sectarian violence in one country and never-seen-before opium crops in another....
      But that is OK: UN or not, US will not keep it back! It is a slow learner: so we will see more wars started by US for all the "noble" reasons! I am actually looking forward for the next one!

      July 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. citizenUSA

    Now that Al-Assad is apparently MIA, I hope whoever takes over really sticks it to Russia and China. They made a big mistake.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrey

      Well, I guess you are for a bit of a surprise: "Great Satan citizen".... 😀

      July 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA


      Please provide some detials about your insight. Otherwise it just seems like you needed to do something with your hands, like type a senseless comment, in between whack-offs.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    A simple audit of even one small church would reveal at least one man getting rich from fleecing his flock, and also reveal the church donating money to rich jews rather than using funds to help their own inner city ghetto project safer.
    The Pope's 5,000 dollar bedroom slippers did NOT come from God, in other words.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Constantine

    Money out? Rather hilarious for a country with 10-billion external debt.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Randy Cornell

    I like the non-interventionist statements but you have to understand that the US and our NATO allies have been working behind the scenes for years to foment this chaos. The Syrian Transitional Council has been meeting with Western intelligence and financiers for years. That fact in and of itself is enough to plainly reveal the West's intentions. Now that the moment has come, Western Media is producing story after story decrying the despotism of Assad. Here's the reality though US and and NATO allies have poured much resources into this conflict. Let's not be confused here, we are pitting Muslim extremist mercenaries up against a sovereign country with ZERO regard for the loss of innocent life. Macho types on here are just embarrassing. The people that foment these destabilizing wars are the same ones that pump you full of propaganda and laugh at how easily most of you are tricked. Understand that everything you read from a Western mainstream news source is going to be in lockstep with the message and agenda that power hunger warmongers give to their minions.

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

    I think that the news that they get(basically with Syria in there back yard) verses what we are told,they have a complete different picture of what is going on.
    I really believe we should focus on our continent,and leave folks that obviously don't want our help alone.
    If you see newscasts from there parts of the world,they look at the U.S. as a greedy oil thief doing what ever we can
    to oust the world of there fair share since we are the richest on earth.
    Just check out there world news,not ours.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim W. Statesville, NC

    I just hope that when the Syrian regime ends and Assad is hanging from a tree in Damascus that the newly liberated people of Syria remember Russia and China and completely cut them off from all trade for all time. All trade! Nothing. Forever.

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

      What do you know about regime in Russia and China with these nations now being smart, rich and rising to power? Russia has had a period of democracy not long ago with poverty and Chechen war. But West praised the democracy in Russia in the 90th. Now Russia got vaccinated against so-called democracy. But what if we remember names of Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Korea, Vietnam, Serbia, Iraq, and other invaded countries – do they tell you anything? Of course, how can napalming Vietnamese be a crime... Enough, people. World doesn't want to listen to double standards of the West anymore.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim W. Statesville, NC

    I just hope that when the Syrian regime ends and Assad is hanging from a tree in Damascus that the newly liberated people of Syria remember Russia and China and completely cut them off from all trade for all time. All trade! Nothing! Forever!

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

    Of course Russia and China vetoed the resolution. Although Russia claims to be democratic, they are both communist countries that oppress their own people. All these uprisings scare the crap out of them. They don’t want their own people revolting too.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • reignreviews

      Allied gov really has no right to put sanctions or punish the Syrian gov, every single country has dissent at some point, clearly with all this occupy crap there's rising dissent in westernized countries as well but the government steps in and violently puts it down.

      Just look at when the Kent State Shooting, a protest that was violently and put down with excessive force. If people in western counties especially America took up arms for reform, the same government that's putting sanctions on Syria wouldn't hesitate to go to war with its citizens..but Democracy and for the people by the people right?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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