Bolivian President Evo Morales applauded Russia and China Wednesday for vetoing a proposal in the United Nations Security Council to sanction the Syrian government amid accusations of chemical weapons attacks during the six-year Syrian conflict.
“Cheers to the decision of the members of the Security Council who avoided politicization and smoothed the path toward peace in Syria,” Morales shared on Twitter.
Western powers put forward the resolution in response to the results of an investigation by the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Bolivian ambassador to the U.N. Security Council, Sacha Llorenti, stood by Russia and China’s decision, arguing sanctions would lead to the path of political intervention — not peace.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has denied its forces have used chemical weapons. Russia has questioned the results of the U.N./OPCW inquiry and long said there was not enough proof for the Security Council to take any action.
Nine council members voted in favor, Bolivia voted against, while Egypt, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted.