Russia blocks UN resolutions to send more troops to Côte d’Ivoire

NEW YORK (UN) – The Security Council resolution to send an additional 2,000 troops in Ivory Coast was delayed Tuesday because of Russia’s disagreement, diplomats said.

The forces responsible for peacekeeping emphasized that reinforcements were urgent because of growing tensions in the country, where President Laurent Gbagbo refuses to give way to Alassane Ouattara, the president recognized by the international community.

Russia had previously blocked U.N. resolution in Côte d’Ivoire regarding the results of the elections, before backing off a couple of days later. Diplomats justified Russia’s recent decisions with their economic links with the Gbagbo’s government (Lukoil), and their general position against foreign interventions.

Their veto is supposedly backed by other members of the security council: Brazil and South America.

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