Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution citing Iran sanctions violation

  • Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution citing Iran sanctions violation

Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution citing Iran sanctions violation

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi has dubbed USA claims over the alleged supply of missiles to Yemen to be "biased" amid the recent UK-drafted resolution, vetoed by Russian Federation in the UN Security Council.

The text, drafted by Britain and backed by the United States, received 11 votes in favor and two abstentions but was blocked by Russia's veto.

In the vote on the UK-drafted text, 11 members of the council were in favor, Russian Federation and Bolivia were against, and China and Kazakhstan abstained.

The Security Council on Monday adopted a Russian-drafted resolution on a technical rollover of the Yemen sanctions regime.

Nebenzia concluded that a consolidated approach is necessary from all global and regional governments, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, to deal with the fundamental issues in Yemen. The UK had proposed to include a provision that would call out Iran for allegedly violating an arms embargo on Yemen, imposed at the onset of its civil war in 2015.

A report by a United Nations panel of experts in January accused Iran of violating arms embargo on Yemen after claiming that missiles fired by the Houthi revolutionaries at Saudi Arabia past year - in retaliation for deadly strikes staged by Saudi-led coalition- were made in Iran.

After hours of negotiations in a bid to reach a compromise, Russian Federation made clear it had strong reservations about the findings of the United Nations report and would not support a draft resolution that mentioned them. In his words, Iran has to take responsibility for its actions.

Vassily Nebenzia, the Russian Federation ambassador, said his country could not support the UK-drafted text.

A United Nations report in January said Tehran had breached an arms embargo by failing to stop weapons reaching the Huthis. "This is perverse when, in fact, Russia's veto today serves only to protect Iran's efforts to destabilize the region and spread its malign influence". The same report stated that although some weapons supplied to the Houthis were of Iranian manufacture, there has been no "sufficient evidence to confirm any direct large-scale supply of arms" by the Iranian government.

Iran has rejected Western claims that it was arming Huthi rebels in Yemen, saying the conflict was instead the result of British and USA arm supplies to Saudi Arabia.

Russia, which has traditionally friendly relations with Iran, is providing military support along with Tehran to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

A Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's government has been fighting the Huthis since 2015 in a war that has led to what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Millions of people are on the brink of starvation and more than 22 million - nearly the entire population - are in need, according to humanitarian agencies.

Gholamali Khoshroo further went on to dismiss the allegations that his country had been providing weapons to Yemen's Ansarullah movement.