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April 16, 2018  11:25

UN rejects Russia’s bid to condemn air strikes on Syria

The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of "aggression" by the US, UK and France against Syria on Saturday, a vote reflecting support for the allied airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites, France 24 reports.

STEPANAKERT, APRIL 16, ARTSAKHPRESS:But the vote at the end of an emergency meeting called by Russia also demonstrated again the paralysis of the U.N.'s most powerful body in dealing with Syria's seven-year conflict.

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the three Western allies got support from only two other countries on the 15-member Security Council   China and Bolivia.

By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft   the U.S., U.K., France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast. Four countries abstained   Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.

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