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Russia vetoes, China abstains on UN resolution on Crimea

Published on Mar 15, 2014 11:41 PM

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - Russia vetoed a Western-backed resolution condemning the Crimea referendum at a UN Security Council emergency vote on Saturday but China abstained, isolating Moscow further on the Ukraine crisis.

The draft resolution, which says Sunday's referendum would have no validity, got 13 votes in the 15-member council. But it was rejected when permanent member Russia exercised its veto.

"Russia isolated, alone and wrong blocked the resolution's passage," US ambassador Samantha Power told the Council at its seventh emergency session on Ukraine since the crisis began.

"This is a sad and remarkable moment," she said.

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