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Russia Vetoes Renewal of Mali Sanctions Regime

  • Russian diplomat Vassily Nebenzia, 2023.

    Russian diplomat Vassily Nebenzia, 2023. | Photo: X/ @RussiaUN

Published 31 August 2023

To be adopted, a UN Security Council resolution needs no veto from Britain, China, France, Russia, and the U.S.

On Wednesday, Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) draft resolution that would have renewed the Mali sanctions regime.


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The draft resolution, tabled by France and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), won 13 votes in favor. Russia voted against it. China abstained. A competing draft resolution tabled by Russia failed to win enough votes in favor for its adoption.

To be adopted, a UNSC resolution needs nine votes in favor and no veto from any of the five permanent members of the council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

After the vote on the draft resolution tabled by France and the UAE, Russia's UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country had to cast a veto because the draft did not take into consideration Mali's concerns and the Russian position.

In a letter sent to Security Council members earlier this month, Mali asked the council to terminate the sanctions regime -- travel ban and asset freeze.

Before the vote on the Russian-drafted text, Nebenzia ruled out a return of the sanctions regime if Russia's draft was not adopted.

"So please do heed our words and vote in favor of this Russian draft. If this is not adopted, then there is no coming back to discussing any further resolution on this matter," he said.

The U.S. representative said earlier that his country was committed to working with other Security Council members "to achieve a mandate renewal."

The UNSC established the sanctions regime, targeting individuals and entities engaged in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, or stability of Mali, in Sept. 2017. The Security Council had renewed the Mali sanctions regime several times. The mandate for the regime expires on Aug. 31, 2023.

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