Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations has spoken against a 30-day cease-fire in Syria, so the vote on the matter wasn’t made at the Security Council meeting, as DW reports.
Because of the Russian position, the vote which was to take place on Thursday, Feb. 22, didn’t take place. Russian Ambassador at the Security Council made it clear he wouldn’t vote for the project that he called “absolutely unrealistic” proposed by Sweden and Kuwait and suggested making a number of alterations.
As Russia can veto any resolution of the Security Council, the vote was postponed.
The vote was important due to the increasing death toll and heavy casualties in the eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus. Incessant government airstrikes backed by Russia have killed some 400 people in less than a week, according to UN figures.
US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Russia's action was "a good reminder that Russia bears a unique responsibility for what is taking place" in Syria.