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Russia rejects evidence of Iranian weapon supplies to Yemen

01 March 2018

Russia vetoed on 26 February a UN Security Council resolution that would have held Iran responsible for supplying weapons to Yemeni rebels fighting the Saudi-led coalition and forces aligned with the country’s internationally recognised government.

Bolivia also voted against the resolution, while China and Kazakhstan abstained, before an alternative Russian-sponsored resolution renewing the arms embargo was approved.

Russian UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country could not support the UK-sponsored draft resolution due to its use of “uncorroborated conclusions and evidence” from a UN panel of experts’ report dated 26 January. He added that “the wording advanced in the British draft is liable to have dangerous, destabilising ramifications” for Yemen and “inevitably escalate regional tensions and lead to conflict amongst key regional players”.

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