Russia and China Veto Sanctions on Syria

  • Ashleigh Templeton
  • 2.3.2017 08:09

Russia and China on 28 February vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution imposing sanctions on President Bashar al Assad’s Syrian regime.

The resolution came in response to joint UN and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (JIM) findings that the Syrian forces used chemical weapons. Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador, Vladimir Safrankov said JIM’s conclusions do not contain convincing evidence, while China’s UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi mentioned it was too early to impose sanctions as investigations are ongoing. Sanctions included placing 11 Syrian individuals and 10 groups linked to chemical attacks on a UN sanctions blacklist, halting the sale and transfer of helicopters to certain entities, and placing an embargo on arms used for chemical attacks. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed that sanctions are inappropriate and undermine ongoing peace talks. Russia has used its veto seven times, and China six times, in Assad’s favour since the conflict began.


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