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. Louis

    Who cares what they say the UN is about as useless at t-ts on a boar. they do nothing of good but spend the american $.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jose' Manuel Rodriguez

    All Apple IPhones are made In China by borderline slave labor. I wish the occupiers would focus on this some.

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

      If you were Parker or Taylor I would have digested your comment.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    Hear we go again...the U.S. is either the evil meddling boogie man, or we're criticized for not stepping in. No win situation. What I find particularly interesting is that China and Russia consistently seem to be at odds, with humanity on issues like Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and now Syria. Maybe regimes that kill their "own" innocent civillians don't turn their stomach's as much as countries in the West, because Russia and China continue to excuse an absence of human rights within their own coutnries going back several decades. They strive to be super-powers, but talk is cheap when your record of being on the sidelines stretches around the block!

    July 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chan

    And yet, still not a single word in mainstream about how Hillary was shot at a last night... But its ok to post her having things thrown at her?

    July 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. libertysghost

    To Iloveamerica–Nice try...oldest canard in the book ("Don't like it...leave"). Yeah, don't try and fix a country at all, just leave, right? Because the recent leaders (last century really) that have brought you such a wonderful economy, displayed such fine attributes to the world that we are loved by all, and have preserved your freedoms so well (sarc) should just be allowed to do whatever they want and although "we" are supposed to be in charge of this fabulous Republic...we shouldn't take part in its future. Just leave it to the elites, right? they have yours and my best interests at heart, right?

    "That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." T. Roosevelt

    Glad to see most of the posts here get it though.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hey, there!

    YES, I want them abandoned! WE DON"T BELONG THERE!!!! You are so in love with them, get OUT of this country and go THERE!

    July 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Constantine

    Good luck with shipping out a nation that won Germany in WWII, launched first man into space and has the largest stockpile of nuclear arms 🙂

    July 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Yeah, unguarded nukes and a country that is poor and is outdated in it's military sector as well as many other areas in the Country. I wouldn't be so encouraged if I lived there. China is was more of a threat than Russia will ever be.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Blame the republicans in Washington for the ongoing conflict in Syria! Assad is very smart and he has seen how divided our congress is where the teapublicans are willing to do everything within their means to tie President Obama's hands and prevent him from doing his job at home and abroad! I don't blame Russia and China but the divisive and disruptive teapublicans in Washington. Too bad its Syrian civilians dying daily in Syria and not tearepublicans dying daily in America! But their days are numbered anyway!

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

      You must have got ahold of some good "hopium" last night. You really by this WWF style show that is the Republicrat Party? Poor Obama...poor Bush...it's the other side that keeps them tied to the same agenda the last President had. Grow up.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    Why should anyone here care about Syria. They are not our friends/allies. Muslims killing one another is not a bad thing folks!

    July 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • libertysghost

      Anyone killing one another is a bad thing. I assume you call yourself a Christian? Thanks for making us look bad...you must have a different version of the Bible than me.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Constantine

    I do already live in Russia, have always lived here and i'm Russian. As you may see, I can freely speak English and read cnn, though I'm laughing at you now, guys, being so brainwashed by your media. At least I have diversity in information sources 🙂

    July 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Yes, I see you know how to use I smiley face after all your comments real well.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Really?

    WOW! What a shocker! Russia and China vetoed something? No way! Those two countries would veto a resolution that would bring world peace and end hunger, poverty and disease!

    July 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • myron

      How could this have happened after President B.O.zo personally called Putin and bowed to Wen?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Couldn't agree more. Those two countries are always the two that veto everything that involves penalizing terrorist regimes. Any time the security council has a vote, my first thought is, "yup, and China and Russia will veto it." There has to be a way around two counties dictating what the majority of countries want to do. Both countries are a pain in the butt.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey, there!

      Haven't a clue about diplomacy, do you, myron?? Grow up, fool.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • libertysghost

      Considering nothing would ever exist that would actually do any of that, pretty easy to say. Ours would veto this "magical" resolution as well though because it's not in the corporatists' (read: fascists) interests to have peace. You haven't figured out that one yet? Kind of 3rd grade level stuff don't you think?

      July 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A Better Person

    China's economy continues to grow, while America's continues to stagnate. That's what happens when you ship all your jobs overseas to save a few bucks now, only to get screwed later.

    Got a problem with this? Write your congressman and stop buying Chinese goods.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • myron

      Um, the problem stems from the fact that the federal government keeps borrowing more and more from China... to the point that they will own us in a few short years. But to quote President B.O.zo... "Isn't that the point?"

      July 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • works4me

      Read, educate then post. China's economy is sliding... just like the rest of the world.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      No both economies are slowing down. The US wants to maintain a 3% GDP growth per year while China wants around 9%. Currently the US is maintaining about a 2% growth while China has about a 7.5% growth.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Don;t know about you hotshot but I'm with China and Russia on this one... and BTW this is a UN Rresolution NOT a US Resolution They are not voting against the US dummy.. they are merely saying we ain't getting involve because nothing good with come out of it .. and perhaps you should do the same! If you think Syria will suddenly become whole if Assad is gone I have a wall in China I like to sell you.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. myron

    OMG! How could China and Russia have vetoed the UN sanctions, especially after President B.O.zo personally called Putin?

    July 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustAGuy

      We're once again treated to how Barack Obama is such a foreign policy amateur. He promised the kitchen sink to Putin, gives away all of his leverage, and thinks Putin will return the favor.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JustAGuy

    I could have written this headline the moment they decided to call a UN vote.

    And Obama boxed himself into a corner by posturing the United States as obedient servants to UN decisions when he took office. Obama is, once again, in over his head.

    Let's see how this sorry state of affairs plays out.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • WestMaroon

      Anothre astute observation regurgitated directly form FOX NOISE. A Michelle Bachman fan no doubt.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sarge

    Hope this keeps Assad in place...it will be easier for the Syrian people to find him, and do wonderful things to his body!

    July 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
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