Russia, China veto UN statement on Turkey’s Syria operation
China and Russia vetoed a statement by five European members — France, Germany, Belgium, Britain and Poland — condemning the Turkey’soperation.
UN HAD CLAIMED THAT TURKEY'S ACT WAS UNILATERAL
The five European council members who called Thursday’s meeting — there are 15 member countries — urged Turkey in a joint statement afterward “to cease the unilateral military action.” They claimed the operation threatens progress against the Daesh terrorist group, despite one aim of the operation being to clear any remaining Daesh terrorists from the region.
Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters that any council statement on Syria must address broader issues, including the presence of foreign forces in the country.