Russia vetoes UN resolution to extend Mali sanctions

Russia vetoes UN resolution to extend Mali sanctions

Russia, Bamako’s ally, vetoed on Wednesday a UN Security Council resolution extending sanctions against Malians threatening peace in the country, which the Malian junta was demanding be lifted.

The resolution which planned to extend for one year the sanctions regime put in place in 2017 against individuals endangering the 2015 peace agreement, as well as the committee of experts responsible for monitoring them, received 13 votes in in favour, one abstention (China) and one vote against (Russia).

Russia agreed to extend the sanctions, but only one last time, and above all wanted to dissolve the committee of experts whose objectivity it disputes with Bamako.

Its resolution to this effect was rejected, with one vote for, one against and 13 abstentions.

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