The US, France, and Great Britain presented to the UN Security Council earlier in the week a resolution to apply economic sanctions against all of 11 Syrian military commanders and officials, as well as on 10 government and related entities” for their roles in the Bashar al-Assad government of Syria’s use of chemical weapons against Syrians. The sanctions also would have barred the sale or supply of helicopters to the regime.
Naturally, Russia and the People’s Republic of China vetoed the sanctions. Both did it to oppose the US. Russia did it for the additional reason that it would interfere with getting peace in Syria—by which Russian President Vladimir Putin meant, in issuing his instruction to Russia’s UN Ambassador, peace on Russian terms.
Nikki Haley, the US’ UN Ambassador, had a different, and in my opinion more accurate, more accurate take.
For my friends in Russia, this resolution is very appropriate.
It is a sad day on the Security Council when members start making excuses for other member states killing their own people. The world is definitely a more dangerous place[.]