The unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council ended weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and the United States. It was based on a deal between the two countries reached in Geneva earlier this month following an August 21 sarin nerve gas attack on a Damascus suburb that killed hundreds.
U.S. President Barack Obama earlier called the draft U.N. resolution a “potentially air max 90 huge victory for the international community” and described it as legally binding, verifiable and enforceable.
Until recently, the council has been paralyzed on how to deal with the Syrian civil war. Russia, backed by China, has vetoed three resolutions since October 2011 that would have condemned Assad’s government and threatened it with sanctions.
A Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the resolution deflected attention from Obama’s wavering on the Syrian conflict. “For the U.S., this resolution turns the attention away from its powerlessness,” he said.
A major sticking point had been Russia’s opposition to writing the resolution under Chapter Nike Lebron James X 7 of the U.N. charter, which covers its authority to enforce its decisions with measures such as sanctions or military force.
“No concessions have been made,” Ryabkov told Voice of Russia radio. “The main thing is that the automatic use of Chapter 7 has been ruled out.”
Obama has asked Congress to authorize the use of limited military strikes to punish Assad for the Damascus gas attack. The deal between Russia and the United States to rid Syria of its chemical weapons averted those strikes for now.
France’s Fabius told reporters, “We shall see in the coming days and weeks if the Russians are really coherent with what they proposed and the vote … we will need to be vigilant on the action or inaction of Syria.”
On Friday, however, the Iranians said Rouhani expressed interest in a phone discussion before he left the United States, according to a senior administration official. The White House quickly arranged nike running shoes the call, which took place at 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) and lasted about 15 minutes.
A source close to Rouhani said the United States had reached out after positive talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a day earlier.