The Russian and Chinese ambassadors to the U.N. have vetoed a security council vote to place sanctions against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.
Along with the two veto-wielding nations, Bolivia voted against the motion, while Egypt, Kazakhstan, and Ethiopia abstained. The other nine nations on the council voted in favour of the motion.
Russia, which has supported Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s government in the past, criticized the motion as unsubstantiated, with Russian President Vladimir Putin calling it “totally inappropriate.”
The Syrian government has recently been investigated for three more reported uses of chemical weapons, after they were ordered to and complied with an order to dismantle all chemical weapons earlier in the civil war, which has now raged on for six years.