UNITED NATIONS, December 5./TASS/. Russia and China have vetoed a Un Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire in Syrian Aleppo. The document was supported by 11 countries members of the Security Council, while Russia, China and Venezuela voted against. Angola abstained.
The draft resolution was not passed as two permanent members voted against, Council President Roman Marchesi (Spain) said.
Prior to the voting, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin expressed regrets that the co-authors of the resolution – Egypt, Spain and New Zealand – put it to the vote under the pressure from other countries, refusing to work out a consensus document. The diplomat said Russian and US experts were due to meet in Geneva within the next few days to discuss a plan for the settlement in Aleppo, the major part of it being the withdrawal of gunmen from eastern Aleppo. He said the UN SC should have waited for the result of these consultations before voting on the resolution.