Russia Vetoes, China Abstains From UN Security Council Resolution On Ukraine

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In a rather concerning (though not entirely surprising) turn of events, the United Nations (which may well need to be renamed after this) is making headlines:


And then the US comes over the top:


Well "isolated and alone" with China?




It is hardly surprising since the UN Resolution declared Sunday's referendum on Crimea as invalid but China's abstention makes it clear that the 2nd largest economy in the world is in no way supportive of the West's plans and is siding more with Russia (albeit in a diplomatically safe way - for now).


Here is The Diplomat's Wei Zongyou on China's potential role to offer some constructive diplomacy to resolve the impasse:

Though far away from China, and definitely not affecting China’s “core interests,” Ukraine crisis is increasingly placing China in a diplomatic dilemma. On the one hand,  the crisis aggravated by the “peaceful entry” of Russian soldiers into Crimea and the latter’s plan to break away from Ukraine through a referendum is diametrically opposed to China’s long-held principle and position of non-interference and anti-separatism; on the other hand, if China sympathizes with Kiev’s new government or the West’s view of point, it will surely alienate Russia, with which China has forged close strategic relations in recent years. What’s more, as Russia and the United States are both wooing China for support and as the situation in Ukraine goes from bad to worse, how could China still stand on the fence while not alienating either and transgressing on its own long held principle?

In view of the delicacy of the situation and the inherent dilemma, China’s response, so far, has been very cautious and intentionally ambiguous. However, as the United States and Europe push for tougher measures and sanctions against Russia, and if Kiev decides to put its case before the UN Security Council, which would seem very likely, China’s diplomatic leeway will be increasingly squeezed. Beijing will have to make its position more clearly heard and play a more active role, as new Foreign Minister Wang Yi suggested at a People’s Congress press conference.

The good news is that there is still some room for diplomacy:

First, neither the West nor Russia wants war, even cold war. For a post-modern Europe, a war with a nuclear-armed Russia is unthinkable. Even a cold war of some form would be unbearably costly, if not an outright disaster, for the struggling European economy. Britain, France and Germany each have huge economic interests with Russia. The budget-constrained Obama administration, meanwhile, just doesn’t have the means or the will to wage or even imagine a small, conventional war with Russia. For Russia, although it is disillusioned with the West, it is not prepared physically or psychologically to have a war, hot or cold, with Western powers.


Second, the United States, Europe and Russia all want to find a reasonable way out of the current crisis, as of course does the Ukraine government. No doubt, Russia’s action in Crimea surprised both the U.S. and Europe, which find themselves pressed by world opinion to take firm action, even though they are not prepared and reluctant to do so. And while they push for some kind of economic sanctions against Russia, they still don’t want to shut the door of negotiation and push Moscow into corner. As for Russia, though it did expect some resentment and criticism from the West, it is not prepared to face the prospect of tough economic sanctions and political isolation. If offered a decent solution, Russia will not be foolhardy.


Third, an autonomous Crimea within Ukraine, within which Russia’s military presence can be guaranteed, is in the best interests of Ukraine, Russia and the international community. Under the current situation, what worries Kiev most is the possible loss of Crimea and the Russian threat to its territorial sovereignty and integrity. In its turn, Russia’s nightmare is a pro-West Ukraine, hostile to Russia and opposed to its military presence in Crimea. If each can get what it wants to and avoid what it fears, a solution may be found.

Given these common interests, China can play an active role in facilitating a diplomatic solution to the current crisis.

First, China could embark on a quiet diplomacy, taking advantage of its close strategic relations with Russia. At present, in the shadow of looming economic sanctions from the U.S and Europe, the chance of Russia backing down in bilateral or multilateral dialogues with the West is very slim. Russian President Vladimir Putin is not going to bow to the West because of sanctions. However, if China can quietly offer Russia a helping hand, talking from the perspective of a close friend of what is in Russia’s best interest concerning Ukraine, something Putin knows better than anybody else, the perhaps the Russian president will be more willing to listen. And Chinese President Xi Jinping can reciprocate Putin’s phone call and offer his advice as a friend.


Second, if Putin is interested in China’s advice, Beijing should seek Washington’s promise or even guarantee of the status of Russian military base in Crimea and the cancellation of economic sanctions.


Third, once a promise or even guarantee is secured, China should work together with Germany, whose position and attitudes are somewhat different from those of the United States and other European countries, to persuade Russia to de-escalate the situation and seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Of course, if Russia is unwilling to take China’s advice as a friend, Beijing should also be straight with Moscow, telling it that China will not be comfortable with, let alone support, the secession of Ukraine territory, which would be contrary to China’ s long-held principle. And Beijing should also be frank in conveying that Russia cannot count on China’s vote if the case of Crimea’s independence or secession is put before the Security Council by the Ukraine government.


And indeed they did not get their vote - but clearly China is still playing the game with their abstention.


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Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:37 | 4551796 mvsjcl
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Read my pathetic blog,



Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:47 | 4551841 Levadiakos
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Whew! I was worried Obama was going to draw another uncrossable line

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:00 | 4551881 Atomizer
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Obama is down to krafting chalk lines,

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:08 | 4552112 strannick
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Isolated and alone without US lackey/puppets Britain and France. Isolated and alone with a billion Chinese.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:18 | 4551918 indygo55
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Why should anyone read your blog. I red it and it is stupid. Sorry.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 17:32 | 4552858 adeptish
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Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:44 | 4551807 y3maxx
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...Ok USSA, start You War Machine... end EBT Cards and begin Conscripting all Your Welfare recipients or indebted, basement dwelling, Gen Y College Grads. Don't think either group will take kindly to going to War on the other side of Mother Earth

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:51 | 4551858 Renewable Life
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Russia and China have a third of the worlds "controlled" land mass on Earth!! Ya there isolated all right??

"Only in America", as they say!

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 20:48 | 4553485 Buck Johnson
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Russia has a plan and they aren't afraid to do what they are doing.  They are setting up to take the East and south of Ukraine, essentiallymaking it a landlocked money pit that will have to get Russia's permission to ship from their ports. 

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 00:31 | 4553984 acetinker
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If Crimea votes to join Russia, it does not block Ukraine from the Black Sea.  Ukraine has only to build their own portage, outside Crimea, but this will not be done.  The US and Europe have created an impoverished Ukraine and it will remain as a flash point until the western U krainians are all dead or subjugated to either Poland, or the EU.  Putin knows this, EU knows this, Poland knows this.  Only people who do not know this are the people of the so-called West.  Go figure.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 23:53 | 4553919 acetinker
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The war machine has been running for decades now.  Can you even imagine a 'fighting force' comprised of dis-possessed ghetto dwellers?  It's why Nixon not only reneged on gold convertabilty, but the draft as well.  These kids are mostly not even worthy of conscription.

This has been true for a long time and you can (and I expect) downvote me if you want, but between the 'new deal' and the 'great society' we have created a class of people who are utterly worthless.  I use the term 'we' as the most general of terms.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:38 | 4551810 Took Red Pill
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renamed to "Not United Nations" or NUN

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:05 | 4552088 Aknownymouse
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<----- UN-UNITED Nations
<----- NONUNITED Nations

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:38 | 4551812 SnobGobbler
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more posturing, wtf did they think was going to happen, stupid UN

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:18 | 4552131 Rubbish
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"Call options giving owners the right to buy gold at $3,000 an ounce by December 2015 traded 7,250 contracts yesterday on the Comex in New York, more than double the amount of the next most-active option, data compiled by Bloomberg show."


Gold Bitchez...Rumor has it

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:44 | 4552205 DeadFred
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Fools. They think there will be gold left at the end of 2015 and someone will actually cough it up. War is virtually inevitable now, the only question (a very important one) is how it will be fought. For those who pray we should be asking for a course with the least possible use of nukes. There is still a lot of wiggle room in how this plays out.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 17:44 | 4552893 gadflew
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So gold to $1900 on Monday, right?? Who's with me?

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:42 | 4551822 nah
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China rill buy Russian bonds long time

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:03 | 4551827 Atomizer
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The UN drama queens will drag this on for days.. Someone emailed me this humorous link. Enjoy!

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:16 | 4551914 Emergency Ward
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That's cheap, does it come with passengers?

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:43 | 4551829 Berspankme
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Seriously is there a more impotent useless criminal panty waisted organization than the UN?

Anyone who looks to them for help only need remember Rwanda

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:46 | 4551838 Atomizer
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IMHO, genocide in Sudan and Darfur were much worse.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:49 | 4551847 thamnosma
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No kidding.  Just a great place for the well-connected to live high off the hog in NYC and for very little work.  Nice apartments, expense accounts for fine dining and whores, exquisite suits, diplomatic immunity so no parking tickets....seriously, it's a great life.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:04 | 4551885 cossack55
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Perhaps for just a little longer.


Would love to see the stats on the other "global power center", London.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:51 | 4552037 Mesquite
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That's ok...Bankster bonuses are up.!!

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:04 | 4551889 Skateboarder
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I'm not the biggest fan of bandmate-replacing-born-again-Christianized-Santorum-endorsing/donating Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, but the song 'United Abominations' is a recent classic and an appropriate listen for the thread.

"Within striking distance from Ground Zero sits a smoldering
International cauldron, the "United Abominations" as it were
Born to prevent wars, it froze in the face of disaster and
Stood silent while terrorization took hostage the world
In a mire of hypocrisy, the UN ignores sex crimes by its
"blue-helmets", and enables terrorism; so that in the end it's failed
And the UN is where our so-called "friends" get to stab us
In the back, and we pay 22% of their tab to host our enemies
Here at home. Ambassadors from countries, otherwise known
As a catastrophe, enjoy diplomatic immunity living in
Manhattan, while their children are turned into prostitutes
It's a complete and utter disgrace, a blot on the face of
Humanity, and they get away with it."

Gotta love the second line in the first verse, "held hostage by oil for food."

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:11 | 4551903 Ward no. 6
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dave mustaine wrote some great music b4 becoming a xtian

i loved megadeth back in the days...

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:11 | 4552116 silvermail
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I am convinced that the UN is useless and furthermore, a criminal organization, that should be eliminated.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:49 | 4551848 swmnguy
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Perhaps ironically, Rwanda is currently on the UN Security Council.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:20 | 4552138 disabledvet
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and how did they vote?

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:58 | 4551870 BlindMonkey
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"Seriously is there a more impotent useless criminal panty waisted organization than the UN?"

The Republican Party? Just my thought there.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:02 | 4551883 FredFlintstone
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The average Rep could kick the azz of the average Dem. I guarantee it

The average Libertarian could kick both their azzes simultaneously.

But no one likes to hear about the partisan bullsh!t here anyhow.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:10 | 4551892 BlindMonkey
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And the Social Democratic Party of Croatia beats them all.

UFC is on tonight. I will try to imagine Pelosi's face on Lawler and Boener's on Hendricks. That should be fun.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 23:36 | 4553881 zionhead101
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All these Zio's PAY others do to their FIGHTING & KILLING with Free USA-FIAT.


Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:44 | 4551833 Yancey Ward
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Doesn't matter, Obama issued an executive order overturning the Security Council vote.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:49 | 4551850 Skateboarder
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And he can lawlessly change his mind about it whenever he wants.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:50 | 4551851 Levadiakos
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Our first female president

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:51 | 4551859 thamnosma
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gender neutral

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:07 | 4552105 Atomizer
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Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:46 | 4551836 thamnosma
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Just gotta love China.  They abstain more than devout catholics.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:47 | 4551839 swmnguy
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OK, so the US got UK, France, Argentina, Australia, Rwanda, Luxembourg, South Korea, Lithuania, Chile, Chad, Jordan, and Nigeria to support the US resolution.  How surprising is that?  Meanwhile, getting China to "abstain" rather than veto is considered Samantha Power's big victory?  And hey, she did a great job getting the sun to come up this morning, too.

Why should China cast a vote? Russia's veto tables the resolution. Why commit?  China plays for time, while cementing non-USD agreements with a growing number of countries.  Not all power comes out of the barrel of a gun.  China's most prudent move is to do nothing.  And that's what they're doing. When your adversary is intent on destroying himself, that's what you do.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:27 | 4552154 disabledvet
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I find it funny the Democrats even give two shits about the UN actually. "When it gets real you better vote."

"And this will be the only vote you see." Bwhahahahaha.
"Mr. are now authorized to pretend this wasn't your fault, not your idea, you had clue that this would be the result, be shocked and appalled" but otherwise pull the trigger on this thing.

"The Emperor has foreseen this! Join me and we will rule the Galaxy as Father and Son!"

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:47 | 4551840 Arbysauce
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Yes, and a wolf among sheep is also isolated, alone....and rises to the sound of frightened bleating.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:50 | 4551852 AL_SWEARENGEN

"POWER SAYS UN VOTE SHOWS RUSSIA 'ISOLATED, ALONE, WRONG"      The arrogance that the spokesmen and women of these United States displays to the world is astonishing.  A proverb says 'Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand joined in hand, he shall not be unpunished.'  How much more so does this apply to a nation that allows the stubbornly proud in heart to govern.  If only America would be a nation of peace, we would prosper again.  Instead of exporting inflation and war instead we would elect leaders that would export mercy and truth.  America's judgement is upon itself.


Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:34 | 4552175 disabledvet
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long war correspondents.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 23:34 | 4553874 zionhead101
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Don Corleone of AIPAC, CASS SUNSTEIN has a WIFE, what is her name for 20 upvotes?


Samantha ... ?

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 23:41 | 4553892 FredFlintstone
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Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:50 | 4551853 Quinvarius
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It is only a crisis because the US started a crisis and they wanted a crisis.  You would have to be completely ignorant of any historical facts to have done what was done in Ukraine by the US and expect Russia to just let it happen.  So either Obama is a complete moron and so are all of his advisors, or they are trying to start a war.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:06 | 4551893 cossack55
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I vote for both being correct.

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 11:57 | 4551872 Atomizer
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The Global Governance is forming right before your eyes. Who wants more bread and circus treats?

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