Russia vetoes UN draft resolution pressuring Iran over Yemen

UNSC to renew targeted sanctions on Yemen

Russian Federation has vetoed a Western-sponsored United Nations resolution aimed at pressuring Iran over alleged violations of the UN's arms embargo on Yemeni rebels.

Russian Federation was joined by Bolivia in opposing the resolution, while China and Kazakhstan abstained from voting.

The U.N. Security Council will decide whether it will renew sanctions on Yemen Monday, and add Iran to the list.

On Monday, a UK-drafted text was blocked by Russian Federation in the UN Security Council. Putting to vote a draft which does not enjoy approval by all members of #UNSC leads to dividing #UNSC, and promotes disagreements at a time when #UNSC is in dire need of harmony among its members.

After hours of negotiations in a bid to reach a compromise, Russian Federation made clear it had strong reservations about the findings of the United Nations report and would not support a draft resolution that mentioned them. With it, the arms embargo for Yemen is prolonged for a year, but no provision is made for measures against the violation of Iran's bans. "It's inadvisable to the Council to rush to conclusion in absence of adequate evidence", he said.

The Security Council's Panel of Experts earlier determined that Iranian-origin weapons had been introduced into Yemen after the United Nations -embargo went into effect and that Tehran has failed to take the necessary measures to prevent the transfer of ballistic missiles, other military equipment and unmanned aerial vehicles to the country. The report found that some missile debris discovered in Yemen was of Iranian origin, delivered into the country after the embargo was imposed.

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They started telling the terrified girls they were soldiers there to help them, and shepherded them toward their vehicles.

Haley has taken a hawkish stance on Iran, accusing Tehran of sowing instability in the Middle East and failing to live up to its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

The US led condemnation of the Russian veto.

The text, strongly supported by the United States, won 11 favourable votes at the 15-member Security Council but was blocked by Russia's veto.

It also claimed that these missiles were used to launch an attack on neighbouring Saudi Arabia - which along with several Sunni Arab countries - have been fighting against the Houthis since March 2015 when the Kingdom intervened to push back the rebels and reinstate the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The UK and the United States representatives, indeed, appeared focused more on pushing Iran's narrative than on civilians' suffering during their speeches.

"Such blame games are being played by those who are fanning the flames of war and bloodshed in Yemen".

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