|Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin|
The vetoes triggered blistering reprimands of both countries from the other 13 members in the chamber, all of whom had voted in favor. “The United States is disgusted,” the US envoy, Susan Rice, said in accusatory tones rarely seen at the UN. She added that Russia and China should consider themselves “complicit” in massacres committed by the al-Assad regime. “Any further blood that flows will be on their hands.
Britain’s ambassador, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, said the UK was “appalled” by the failure of the resolution that also had the backing of the Arab League. “Those that blocked council action today must ask themselves how many more deaths they are prepared to tolerate. Russia and China have taken a choice to turn their backs on the Arab world and to support tyranny.”
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that resolution’s Western co-sponsors had not included key proposals such as isolating the Syrian opposition from violent extremist groups or a call to arms for other states to use their influence to prevent such alliances