(Interfax) Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on immediate seven-day humanitarian pause in Aleppo city.
“11 votes were given in support of the draft resolution, three – against, and one delegation abstained”, said the Chairman of the UNSC on Monday.
The draft resolution, which was submitted by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain, proposed a seven-day ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. Previous versions of the draft resolution implied a ten-day humanitarian pause. Russian Foreign Minister earlier described the document as “counterproductive”.
In particular, the document reads that “all sides of the Syrian conflict must immediately stop any attacks inside Aleppo city in order to facilitate urgent humanitarian aid delivery”.
Russia notified all the UNSC members beforehand that it was going to use its veto power.
“The Russian Federation cannot support the draft resolution introduced by the humanitarian trio, and thus will vote against it”, said Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s UN envoy, at the UNSC meeting on Monday.
“Maybe it is appropriate to sympathize with Egypt, Spain and New Zealand which, as we know, were shamelessly pressured by the trio of Western permanent members of the UNSC”, he added.
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