Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution imposing sanctions on Syria over chemical attacks allegedly carried out by Damascus.
The document initiated by the Western countries scored nine votes, or a minimum number necessary to adopt a document. So, Russia and China had to use their right to veto.
Along with Russia and China, Bolivia voted against the draft resolution while Egypt, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstained.
“The draft resolution is not adopted because of the negative vote of a permanent member,” Ukraine’s Permanent Representative Vladimir Yelchenko, who hold presidency in the Security Council in February,” said after the voting.
The UK and France released a draft resolution allowing sanctions on Damascus in late December. The restrictive measures include bans on supplies of any helicopters to the country’s government, army or state agencies.
The basis for such measures is the report of UN and OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) that says that Damascus is responsible for three chemical attacks when containers with clorine were allegedly thrown from military helicopters.