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Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution condemning Iran for involvement in Yemen

Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution condemning Iran for involvement in Yemen

The U.N. Security Council Sunday was considering two draft resolutions on Yemen after Russian Federation put forward a rival text aimed at blocking action against Iran over missiles sent to the country's Houthi rebels.

Russian Federation deployed its veto in the United Nations Security Council late on February 26 despite the council's 11-2 vote in favor of the resolution and an agreement by Western powers on the council to drop language promising "additional measures" against Iran if it doesn't stop the alleged transfer of Iranian missiles and drones to Yemen's Huthi rebels.

It said Tehran had failed to prevent Houthi rebels from obtaining Iranian missiles, including one fired hundreds of miles into Saudi Arabia.

Washington has charged Iran with supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels with arms including surface-to-surface missiles that have been used against countries supporting a Saudi-backed offensive against the militants. The former gained 11 favorable votes, while Russian Federation and Bolivia voted down the draft resolution, and two countries - Kazakhstan and China - abstained.

The Council approved another draft resolution proposed by Russian Federation.

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Iran has always denied arming the Houthis and has instead accused the USA of faking evidence or has pointed the finger at other nations.

Vassily Nebenzia, the Russian Federation ambassador, said his country could not support the UK-drafted text.

What is happening in Yemen, the spokesman continued, is the result of the U.S. -UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia which unleashed a bloody war on Yemen in March 2015 to restore its former Riyadh-allied government.

The 15-member Security Council has to renew its targeted sanctions on Yemen on Monday.

Commenting on the veto, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley told reporters that the US and its partners would take actons on their own if "Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran".

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"Today, Russia protected the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran", said Haley, who was traveling to Honduras.

Iran's UN Mission said on February 26 that it "categorically rejects allegations regarding arms transfers to Yemen".

The British-drafted resolution would also have extended sanctions on Yemen, which expired Monday, and the mandate of the panel of experts.

The UN estimates that 17 million people in Yemen - 60 percent of the population - are in need of food aid, of whom 7 million are on the brink of starvation because of the conflict.

It made no mention of Iran or the panel of experts' report but simply extended sanctions against Yemen until February 26, 2019 and the mandate of the panel of experts until March 28, 2019. In his words, Iran has to take responsibility for its actions.

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Khoshroo went on to say that there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen, adding that Iran believes in a political solution.