Russia and China veto western-backed UN resolution on Syria
RUSSIA and China have again vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution threatening non-military sanctions against Syria.
It was aimed at stepping up pressure on President Bashar Assad's government to end the escalating 16-month conflict.
Today's 11-2 vote, with two abstentions, leaves in limbo the future of the 300-strong UN peacekeeping force in Syria, whose mandate expires tomorrow.
Britain's UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who sponsored the Western-backed draft, said he was "appalled" at the third double veto by Russia and China, allies of the Assad regime.