Web-Desk (February 27, 2018): Russia vetoes the resolution gained 11 favourable votes at the 15-member Security Council on Monday.
Earlier in the month, Britain circulated a draft resolution that would renew sanctions on Yemen for another year and also “condemns” Iran for allegedly breaching the 2015 arms embargo on the country by “failing to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer” of short-range ballistic missiles, UAVs and other military equipment to Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The Houthi movement has been defending Yemen against a bloody Saudi-led military campaign, which was launched in 2015 with the help of the U.S. and the UK to reinstall the country’s former Riyadh-friendly government.
The draft resolution, backed by France and the U.S., called for unspecified measures in response to the UN report about Iran’s alleged role in Yemen, stressing that the council will take “additional measures to address these violations,” and that “any activity related to the use of ballistic missiles in Yemen” is a criteria for sanctions.
A group of UN experts monitoring the sanctions on Yemen reported to the Security Council in January that it had “identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were brought into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo.”After the veto, the council unanimously adopted a Russian-drafted measure to extended for one year the sanctions regime against Yemen.
Meanwhile, Iran’s envoy to the United Nations says that the U.S. and the UK are trying to distract the international community away from Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in Yemen by drafting such resolutions.