The UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the “aggression” by the United States and its allies against Syria on Saturday.
The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites but it also demonstrated again the paralysis of the UN’s most powerful body in dealing with the Syria conflict.
Russia’s demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to “aggression” and “any further use of force” by the U.S., Britain and France got support from only two other countries on the 15-member council — China and Bolivia.
By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft — the U.S., Britain, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast. Four countries abstained — Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.
The vote came at the end of an emergency meeting of the council called by Moscow, which saw Russia and its supporters clashing with the U.S. and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack last weekend in the Damascus suburb of Douma.