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Were Russia and China right to vetoe the latest UN resolution on Syria?

I don't think there's any question about the appaling wrong doings of the Assad regime and thousands of innocent civilians have died since the beginning of the up-rising March last year.
However time and time again, (including during the Libya uprising) Russia and China have vetoed all UN sanctions on the Assad regime.
Does anyone agree with this? Is there perhaps a side of the story that the western media isn't reporting? Maybe thre are conflicting views on how the crisis can be solved or are Russia and China only trying to protect their own political interests?

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    Jul 21 2012: When you ask "were they right" the answer will parrot the news that we have been exposed to. Russia and China have long term political and finicial investments in the Assad regiem. Neither Russia or China have received Favored Trading status from the major powers and they have nothing to lose except their investment in Syria.

    Therefore your question is why did Russia and China veto the UN resolution? The Assad regeim is all but sure to fall in the near future. The rebels have even infiltrated the secure Assad compounds and bombed high officials. Many high ranking officials have left the country. Russia and China cannot change their alliegance. To do so would shake the political confidences of their other satellite countries. These countries could care less about world opinion.

    QUESTIONS: 1) What does the veto mean will happen? 2) What would have happened if the resolution passed?
    What are the voting records in the UN of Russia? China? 3) What are the powers of the UN.

    I am always amazed at what people do not know about the UN.

    All the best. Bob.
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    Jul 20 2012: Isn't Russia just doing it to keep it's arm deals going?