Russia vetoes U.N. resolution on Syria attack, China abstains

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 12, 2017 3:41 PM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia again cast a veto at the United Nations Security Council to shield Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, blocking a Western bid on Wednesday to condemn a deadly gas attack in Syria and push the Syrian government to cooperate with investigators.

China, which has vetoed six resolutions on Syria since the civil war began six years ago, abstained from Wednesday's vote, along with Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. Ten countries voted in favor of the text, while Bolivia joined Russia in voting no.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Alistair Bell)