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UN Security Council to vote Saturday on Ukraine resolution

Published on Mar 15, 2014 5:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council will meet in an emergency session Saturday to vote on a Western-backed resolution denouncing the upcoming referendum in Ukraine's Crimea on switching over to Kremlin rule, diplomats said Friday.

The meeting, which is set to begin at 11:00 am (1500 GMT), was called at Washington's request. Diplomats say they expect Russia to veto the resolution.

The position of veto-wielding China - which often backs Russia at the council, especially on Syria-related votes - is more uncertain this time around, one Western diplomat said.

Beijing has long defended the need to respect territorial integrity and does not back interference in the internal affairs of other countries.

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