Why would China and Russia veto a security council resolution on Syria?
August 29, 2013 11:27 AM Subscribe
Like most people, I've been reading a lot of commentary on the situation in Syria the last couple of days, and what the options are for the US and Western Europe. One thing that consistently comes up is that even if the US or somebody else were to invade for humanitarian reasons, that invasion would be illegal because there hasn't been a security council resolution authorizing it. And there's not going to be a security council resolution, because both China and Russia would veto it. But I haven't seen a clear explanation why.
posted by gkhan to law & government (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm assuming that the reason for this is that both China and Russia has business interests in Syria which Assad has supporter (oil?). But even so, given that the country is in the midst of a devastating civil war, that can't be good for business. Wouldn't it be in their best interests to find a way to end this conflict as soon as possible, and if the western powers feel a powerful need to intervene, why not let them?
Any way, clearly there's something I'm missing. I just don't understand why China and Russia would care enough about this to piss off the rest of the world.