On Thursday, Russia and China, both allies of the Syrian regime, vetoed a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution that would have threatened Syria with sanctions because of escalating violence in the country's 17-month-long uprising. The vote came a day after three of President Bashar al-Assad's associates, including his defense minister, were killed in a bombing perpetrated by anti-government rebels. Russia and China's rejection of the measure, and increasing bloodshed in the Syrian capital, are "clear signs that a political resolution to the conflict remains out of reach."
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