Russia, China Veto Syria Sanctions

    Syrian refugees chant slogans during a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Turkish Red Crescent camp in the Yayladagi district of the Turkish city of Hatay, two kilometers from the Syrian border, on June 15, 2011. An envoy of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to hold talks later todya with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has been urging the Damascus regime to halt its crackdown on protesters.

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    Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a United Nations resolution that would have threatened sanctions against Syria if it didn’t immediately halt its harsh military crackdown. European members of the Security Council had attempted to pass the sanctions by watering down the language three times, only to still have it defeated 9–2, with four abstentions. Russia’s foreign minister called the resolution “unacceptable,” because it only threatened sanctions and did not call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to start talks with the opposition.

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