Russia on Tuesday vetoed a British-drafted UN resolution that targeted Iran violating an arms embargo by failing to prevent missiles and drones from being supplied to Shiite rebels in Yemen.
The vote in the Security Council was eleven in favor, Russia and Bolivia opposed, and China and Kazakhstan abstaining.
Britain sought to focus attention on a report in January by the UN panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Iran that examined missile remnants fired into Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels last year and said many “are consistent with those of the Iranian designed and manufactured Qiam-1 missile.”
It concluded that Iran was in “non-compliance” with the 2015 UN arms embargo on Yemen because it failed “to take the necessary measures” to prevent the direct or indirect supply of missiles and drones to the Houthis.
Britain’s deputy UN ambassador Jonathan Allen urged council member not to “shy away from calling out those whose actions undermine international peace and security.”
“This council needs to stand firm in the face of state non-compliance and send a clear message that it will not be tolerated,” he said.