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    Russia and China Veto UN Sanctions on Syria

    They’re sticking together. Despite sharp words from U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who called it “a sad day on the Security Council,” Russia and China voted against proposed sanctions punishing the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons. This is the seventh time Russia has protected Bashar Assad’s government via U.N. veto, and the sixth time China has done so since the war broke out in 2011. With President Trump’s administration firmly on the side of sanctions, some wonder if this will stress plans for U.S.-Russia cooperation.

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