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Russia & China block U.N. resolution against Syria

Mar 01, 2017, 5:57 AM EST
This is the seventh time in five years Russia has vetoed resolution against Syria.
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Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a U.N. resolution that sought to impose sanctions on Syria for use of chemical weapons against the rebels, who have been fighting to bring down the regime in the Middle East country. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations condemned the “outrageous and indefensible choice” of the two nations, saying that the world today is a dangerous place as member states endorse the killing of innocent men, women and children.

The resolution would have slapped sanctions on 21 Syrian scientists, military commanders and others involved in carrying out chemical strikes in Syria war. This is the seventh time in five years that Russia has blocked any diplomatic action against its close ally President Bashar al-Assad, notes CNN.

Russian Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov justified the veto, describing the resolution as a “provocation” that would undermine the peace talks aimed at ending nearly six years of conflict, reports Al Jazeera.