Russia, China Veto While Pakistan, South Africa Abstain From Resolution On Syria

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Russia and China vetoed on Thursday the UN Security Council resolution on Syria for the third time. The resolution had threatened tougher sanctions against Assad regime if it did not cease the use of heavy weapons and withdraw troops from cities.

11 votes, which included India, were cast in favor, while Pakistan and South Africa abstained.

The move enraged western countries with the US calling for the use of an alternative approach outside the Security Council, using a diverse range of partners, to pressure Assad and to aid those in need.

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