Topic: Protests in Syria
MOSCOW, February 4 (RIA Novosti)
- Russia, China Veto UN Resolution on Syria
- Russian Intelligence Chief, Foreign Minister to Visit Syria Feb. 7
- UN Draft Rules out Force Against Syria
- New Syria Resolution Watered Down
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on Saturday she was "disgusted" by the Russian and Chinese veto on a Security Council resolution on Syria that urges President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
Thirteen of the council’s 15 members voted in favor of the resolution aimed to stop the ongoing violence in Syria.
"Any further bloodshed that flows will be on their [Russia's and China's] hands," she said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the failure to condemn President al-Assad increased the risk of more bloodshed and civil war in Syria.
"If we do not begin the process, I know what will happen: more bloodshed, increasing resistance by those whose families are being killed and whose homes are being bombed, and a greater likelihood that Syria will descend into civil war," she said.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the draft resolution “did not reflect Syria’s realities well enough and sent conflicting signals to the political forces in Syria.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov previously said the resolution did not set enough demands on anti-government armed groups, and that Russia was concerned it could jeopardize the national dialogue among political forces in Syria.
Lavrov said earlier on Saturday he and Foreign Intelligence Service head Mikhail Fradkov will visit Syria and meet with President al-Assad on February 7. The visit will be made on instructions from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Lavrov did not reveal any details of the upcoming the visit.
This is the second time that Russia and China as permanent members have vetoed the Syria issue. In October, they blocked a European-sponsored resolution condemning Syria and threatening possible sanctions.
At least 5,400 people have been killed in the Syrian government's 11-month crackdown on protesters, according to the UN. Syrian authorities blame the violence on armed gangs affiliated with al-Qaeda and say more than 2,000 soldiers and police have been killed.
The West has been trying to persuade Moscow to support a resolution effectively authorizing a military operation but Russia has repeatedly insisted that the Western drive for a stronger crackdown on Syria is preparation for a “Libyan scenario.”
Russia, one of President al-Assad’s firm supporters during the uprising against his regime, indicated earlier this week that it would veto the draft resolution calling on Assad to step down. Moscow has proposed its own draft, which the West criticized as being too soft.
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- SzabolcsUN Security Council Resolution in Syria00:08, 05/02/2012Bravo for Russia and for China.Bravo for Foreign Minister Lavrov! I am so happy that these war mongering efforts lead by the US and its West European lackeys to initiate another military intervention à la Lybia this time in Syria has been thwarted.To hell with the US regime, to hell with that menopausic hypocrite bitch Clinton!
- xama226Russia develops a spine00:59, 05/02/2012Obama again demanded that Assad move off. His mouth-piece Rice was claiming they were not seeking regime-change. This is an oxymoron
Finally the only two who could say no to the current manic phase of US expansionism have said no.
They are obviously realising that after Iran it is going to be their turn.
We are in fact in a race against time.
- bielecDisgusted?04:15, 05/02/2012Ridiculous. Don't countries have a right to their own and independent opinion on US hypocrisy and unilateral attempts to govern the world?
And how come the US is so concerned with the situation in Syria while at the same time FEMA attacks and jails peaceful protesters in the USA.
By the way, American recent wars of conquest in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya resulted in more casualties than the entire population of Damascus. Therefore, the US government should not lecture others on the alleged brutality of the Syrian regime.
- email@example.comResponse to Iranian economic oil sanctions08:22, 05/02/2012What the United States government is seeing is an end to their constant interferance in other countries affairs.
The Syrian issue is serious, but both Russia and China are simply tired of having the United States interfere in other countries economic affairs, most recently the economic sanctions on Iran for pursuing a civilian nuclear program.
By forcing hardship on the Iranian people, the 27 countries of the European Union, Japan, South Korea by having them give up their Iranian oil supplies and trying to force China and India to give up their Iranian oil supplies, Russia and China have said ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!
Add to the fact that the United States REFUSES to sign a legally binding international document that states that it will NOT use the European Missile Shield against Russia and you can understand the resistance against the United States.
Russia and China both lost out in the last Libyan operation as well. China lost the Libyan oil that it was going to receive and Russia lost out on billions of dollars of military and energy projects.
Both Russian and China are simply tired of the United States and their oppressive domineering ways.
And they aren't the only ones.
- airtech10How many need to die?10:10, 09/02/2012America made the same mistake during WWII. We sat back and watched countless Russians murdered by the German and did nothing. Most American are ashamed we didnt come to Russia's aid sooner. Many good Russians died. That is why America is so quick to jump to the aid of others. And the IDIOT who posted Russia developes a spine? When did Russia lose it? Russia has never been weak or spineless. Proud Russian American!
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