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Russia sets stage for UN veto of western bid to call out Iran

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Russia has laid the groundwork for a likely veto today of a British, US and French bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Iran over its weapons falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group.

The 15-member Security Council has to renew its targeted sanctions on Yemen today. Russia has proposed a rival resolution that would simply extend the mandate of the regime for one year and not mention Iran.

A UN Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, France or Britain to pass. Both resolutions seek to renew a UN ban on the supply of weapons to Houthi leaders and those acting on their behalf or at their direction.

It can also blacklist individuals and entities for threatening the peace and stability of Yemen or hindering aid access.

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