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US Ambassador Blasts Russia and China for Syrian Veto

US Ambassador Blasts Russia and China for Syrian Veto

Russian Federation and China on Tuesday blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at imposing sanctions against members and agencies of the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against civilians.

The nine other members of the Security Council, which include permanent members France, Great Britain and the United States and non-permanent members Italy, Japan, Senegal, Sweden, Ukraine and Uruguay, voted for the measure.

The two permanent members have shielded Bashar al-Assad's regime from worldwide sanctions over the course of the six-year war.

It was the seventh time Russian Federation had killed Security Council resolutions critical of the Assad regime since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.

The twin vetoes came as peace talks in Geneva showed no signs of progress on ending the almost six-year war in Syria.

"Amazingly, members are willing to condemn ISIS for the one incident, but turn a blind eye to the member-state, Syria, who committed this crime at least three times", she said. Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Egypt abstained.

"It would undermine trust in the negotiating process".

Then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton says that by blocking the resolution, Beijing and Moscow must "bear responsibility for the horrors that are occurring on the ground in Syria". It would punish individuals and entities related to the Syrian government for allegations of chemical weapon attacks in three instances.

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The vetoed resolution followed a UN-led probe that claimed the Syrian government was behind at least three attacks involving chlorine gas, Press TV reported.

The latter is an worldwide group, made up largely of US allies, set up in 2012 in response to Russian and Chinese vetoes of previous United Nations resolutions on Syria.

The resolution, which garnered nine affirmative votes, would have passed had the two nations not vetoed it. When chemical attacks were reported in the summer of 2013, Obama first said he would use USA and allied air power in Syria, but he later backed down when Congress refused to authorize such attacks.

The joint panel by the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) also found the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had used mustard gas in a 2015 attack. "It's a sad day on the Security Council", she said.

British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the council before the vote: "This is about taking a stand when children are poisoned".

It would have sanctioned several Syrian military officials and organizations for the use of chlorine barrel-bombs on Syrian rebel positions in 2014 and 2015.

By adopting the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the global community sought to banish once and for all the development, production, stockpiling and use of such weapons of mass destruction.