Russia, China Skip Security Council Talks On Syria [View all]
Source: Associated Press
By EDITH M. LEDERER
1 hour ago
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is scuttling Western efforts to push through a Security Council resolution that would raise the prospect of sanctions against Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver humanitarian aid.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin vowed to veto the proposed measure if necessary. Both he and China's U.N. ambassador were no-shows at a meeting Monday to discuss the Western and Arab-backed resolution.
Churkin dismissed the resolution as a "political" measure introduced "to whip up political tensions around Syria."
"We felt that the text was beyond redemption," Churkin said, explaining why Russia didn't bother to attend the meeting. "This text would not have any positive impact on the situation. If anything, it would create disruption of humanitarian efforts."