15:06 GMT07 August 2020
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    China’s envoy to UN Liu Jieyi said that China voted in favour of the Russian draft resolution on Syria at the Security Council and regrets that it was not adopted.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — China voted in favour of the Russian draft resolution on Syria at the Security Council and regrets that it was not adopted, China’s envoy to UN Liu Jieyi said after the vote.

    "China voted in favour of the draft resolution and we regret that the resolution was not adopted," Liu Jieyi said.

    China’s envoy praised the Russian draft and said that it called for the cessation of hostilities, opening humanitarian access, enhancing the fight against terrorism and supporting UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura.

    Speaking of the French draft, Liu Jieyi explained China’s abstention from the vote by the fact that the draft "does not reflect the full respect for the sovereignty, independence, unification and territorial integrity of Syria".

    Both resolutions were put to vote at the Security Council on Saturday and neither of them was passed.

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