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Russia, China block UN sanctions targeting chemical weapons attacks in Syria

This image made from an AP video posted on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 shows a volunteer adjusting a students gas mask and protective suit during a session on reacting to a chemical weapons attack, in Aleppo, Syria. Russia and China have blocked a UN resolution that would have imposed sanctions on 21 Syrian individuals, organizations and companies allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks.
This image made from an AP video posted on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 shows a volunteer adjusting a students gas mask and protective suit during a session on reacting to a chemical weapons attack, in Aleppo, Syria. Russia and China have blocked a UN resolution that would have imposed sanctions on 21 Syrian individuals, organizations and companies allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks. AP Photo via AP video, File

Russia and China have vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution that would have imposed sanctions on 21 Syrian individuals, organizations and companies allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-ravaged country.

The defeated Security Council resolution would also have banned all countries from supplying Syria’s government with helicopters, which investigators have determined were used in chemical attacks.

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In Tuesday’s vote, the resolution got the minimum nine “yes” votes. In addition to China and Russia, Bolivia voted “no.” Three countries abstained – Egypt, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan.

The vetoed resolution followed a joint investigation by the United Nations and the international chemical weapons watchdog that determined the Syrian government was behind at least three attacks involving chlorine gas and the Islamic State extremist group was responsible for at least one involving mustard gas.

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