Globe and Mail
Perhaps it was Russia's 'clout' ? However, I have my doubts. The inordinate amount of attention given to Russia's role in obstructing the imperialist agenda of the West is, in my opinion, part of an agenda to demonize Russia via the msm.
China has had the same view on the Syrian Crisis.
China and Russia – both permanent members on the Council -- joined the other 13 Council members and voted in favour of Resolution 2042. The two nations vetoed twice -- in October and in February – resolutions on Syria, stating they supported to solve the Syria crisis through international dialogue instead of "regime change".
Why the focus on Russia?
I have been guilty of the Russia centric focus here on the blog, because I derive most of the info used from the msm. This creates a perceptual imbalance which should be kept in check, even by me!
Therefore I am mentioning that China and Russia both wielded Veto's previously. China and Russia both approved the Anan Peace Plan.
Is this a rehash of the 'cold war' style propaganda?
From G & M
A small contingent of six United Nations observers are due to arrive Sunday evening in Damascus and be on the street Monday, paving the way for as many as 30 observers this week to verify if both sides in Syria’s civil conflict are abiding by a ceasefire that went into effect Thursday.
The deployment of observers had been held back after a disagreement emerged Friday between the United States, Britain and France on the one hand and Russia on the other.
While all parties agreed on the need to speedily deploy observers in the hope of prodding both sides in Syria to observe the ceasefire and to move quickly to a political process, Russia balked at some of the language the United States had added to a draft resolution on deploying the observers.
Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s United Nations ambassador, said Moscow objected to the one-sided nature of the U.S. resolution that blamed only the Syrian government for the conflict and threatened punishment for its crimes. Russia also objected to the fact that the resolution included the deployment of a full contingent of some 250-300 observers, and that Syria was required to give the force complete freedom of action inside Syria.
Moscow wanted the resolution to pin responsibility for the conflict on both the regime and armed elements of the opposition, and it wanted the resolution to apply only to the advance team of some 30 UN observers. The balance of the observers and the terms of their deployment should be subject to Syrian agreement, (Russian and Chinese observers, perhaps?) Mr. Churkin says.
And Russia (and China, perhaps India? ) got exactly what it wanted.
The resolution adopted unanimously Saturday morning by the 15-member UN Security Council, applies only to the advance group of observers, blames both sides for the country’s violence, and pledges that the terms of any further observer forces’ deployment would be agreed on only after consultations between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Syrian government.
The concessions show just how much the United States and its allies have come to accept that Russia is crucial to finding a political solution to the bloody mess in Syria.
The Security Council resolution calls on both sides to “cease all armed violence in all its forms” and condemns “the widespread violations of human rights by the Syrian authorities, as well as any human rights abuses by armed groups.”This is more balanced, said Mr. Churkin, who explained Moscow was acting “out of respect for the sovereignty of Syria.”
“Out of respect for the sovereignty of Syria we have cautioned against destructive attempts at external interference or imposing any kind of illusory fixes,” he said.