Syria-Russia and China block resolution

Russia and China have a resolution of the UN Security Council on Syria blocked.

Western countries wanted to impose penalties on the regime of president Assad because of the use of chemical weapons in the now six-year war.

The Russian UN delegate last week had already indicated using its right of veto, for the seventh time on the Syrian conflict. He gave as a reason that this resolution, an initiative of France and Great Britain, the peace talks between the warring parties in Geneva would harm Syrian. China closed itself.

Nine members of the Security Council supported the resolution. Without a veto of one of the five major powers that would have been enough. Bolivia did not agree with the text, Ethiopia, Egypt and Kazakhstan abstained.