Russia, China Veto Resolution Imposing Sanctions on Syrian Regime, Egypt Abstains

Russia, China Veto Resolution Imposing Sanctions on Syrian Regime, Egypt Abstains

United Nations Security Council in session.

Russia and china have vetoed on Tuesday a resolution in the United Nations (UN) security council regarding imposing sanctions on the Syrian Regime as it allegedly used chemical weapons.

During the voting session, Egypt abstained from voting on the resolution.

This is the seventh resolution that Russia has vetoed in the security council in order to shield the Syrian regime. Russia had collaborated with Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in his war on the dissidents.

In 2013, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons following an agreement between the United States (U.S.) and Russia. However, UN and international chemical weapons watched have revealed that it used chemical weapons in 2014 and 2015.

The filed resolution was drafted by the US, United Kingdom, and France. Nine members of the security council voted in its favor, while three voted against it. The other three, including Egypt, abstained from voting.

In October 2016, Egypt caused controversy after it voted in favor of two different resolutions in the security council regarding peace in Syria. Eygpt’s voting in favor of the Russian resolution hinted that it may be supporting the Syrian Regime. However, Egypt announced that it stands with any resolution that brings peace to Syrian people.

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi had said during an interview with the Portuguese TV in November that Egypt supports the Syrian Arab Army. This army is affiliated to the Syrian president Al-Assad, hence was considered as a  support from Egypt to the Syrian regime. However, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry denied these claims and stated that Egypt doesn’t support any side in the Syrian war and believes that political solution is the only way out to this war.


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