Russia and China vetoed sanctions on Syria: they would mar talks

Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons use, as Western-backed talks in Geneva showed no signs of progress because the negotiations there are being mainly focused on transition of power off Asad.

The Security Council resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States had nine votes in favor while three countries opposed it – China, Russia and Bolivia. Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Egypt abstained.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier stated that Moscow and allies oppose any new sanctions on Damascus as they would undermine peace efforts and progress achieved in Astana and Geneva.

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