Putin: Russia Won't Support New Sanctions against Syrian Gov't

It included a ban on the sale of helicopters and of chemical agents to the Syrian armed forces or the government.

China voted against a draft resolution aiming to establish a sanctions regime over use of chemicals weapons in Syria at a UN Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters in NY on Tuesday.

China, which holds veto power on the Security Council, also voted against the measure.

On Tuesday, a day after meetings at the White House, she said it was "sad day" when Security Council members "start making excuses" for perpetrators of chemical attacks.

But Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, said Friday that Moscow would veto the resolution, which he described as "one-sided", "based on insufficient evidence" and "a provocation".

Mr Putin had earlier described the resolution as "totally inappropriate".

Putin - whose military intervention in Syria helped turn the tables in favor of Assad - lamented that the negotiations in Switzerland are "not going as smoothly as hoped".

Nine UN council members voted in favour of the resolution and Bolivia voted against, along with China and Russian Federation. "We all agreed [in a unanimously-adopted August 2015 Security Council resolution] that it was meant to examine the available evidence in an impartial manner and come to a conclusion".

It is Russia's seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations security council action. Syria also signed the global Chemical Weapons Convention.

Rycroft noted that Russian Federation and China, both permanent members of the UN Security Council and members of the Chemical Weapons Convention, are fully responsible for taking action against the use and proliferation of chemical weapons.

China voted against sanctions on Syria for alleged uses of chemical weapons, saying that the draft resolution to impose sanctions on Syria was forced to a vote while UN Security Council members still had differences in opinion. In a statement, the French Foreign Ministry said that France and its partners will continue efforts to combat the use of chemical weapons with impunity. However, he said it was too soon to impose sanctions as investigations were still ongoing. "The world is definitely a more risky place".

She said the United States has already put the 21 individuals, companies and organizations targeted for U.N. sanctions in the defeated resolution on the USA sanctions blacklist and will urge the European Union and other countries to follow suit.

After Tuesday's vote Britain's ambassador to the U.N., Matthew Rycroft, challenged that argument.

Chlorine's use as a weapon is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria joined in 2013.

Haley also said the Islamic State's use of chemical weapons adds to the U.S. determination to defeat the extremist group.

  • Jon Douglas