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Russia and China veto new UN sanctions on Syria

Russia and China vetoed new UN sanctions on Syria Tuesday and the US ambassador accused both countries of refusing to hold President Bashar al-Assad's regime accountable for the use of chemical weapons.

"They put their friends in the Assad regime ahead of our global security," new American envoy Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council after the vote. "They turned away from defenseless men, women and children who died gasping for breath when Assad's forces dropped their poisonous gas."

The Trump administration recently joined France and Britain in sponsoring the resolution, and Haley minced no words in denouncing the "outrageous and indefensible choice" that Russia and China made on Tuesday. President Donald Trump had warm words for Russian President Vladimir Putin while campaigning but Haley has now criticized Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula as well as Syria.

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