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Russia and China veto Syria resolution

  • Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution proposing further sanctions on Syria.

    The move has sparked an angry response amongst Western nations with the UK, United States and France saying the UN had failed the people of Syria.

    This is the third time that Russia, a key ally of the Syrian government, and China have used their veto power to block resolutions designed to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the 16-month conflict that has killed some 16,000 people.

    Meanwhile, the Syrian government has deployed tanks, artillery and helicopters in parts of Damascus after a bomb killed three senior figures in the defence establishment on Wednesday.

    State TV broadcast the first images of Assad since the attack, as he swore in armed forces chief Gen Fahd Jassim al-Furayj as the new defence minister.

    The Security Council must still decide whether to renew the mandate of a UN mission in Syria, due to end on Friday.