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How Bad Are U.S.-Russia Relations? Russia Just Vetoed a UN Resolution Condemning North Korea

A sign of the (strange) times: China supported a UN resolution condemning North Korea’s latest weapons test, and Russia vetoed the measure.

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U.S.-Russia relations are sinking to such a low that Russia cannot bring itself to agree with the U.S. on the threat posed by North Korea. Russia “derailed a proposed U.N. Security Council statement that would have condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch test,” according to CNN.

China, often North Korea’s only major ally on the world stage, was on board with the U.S.-sponsored resolution. So were 14 of the 15 current members of the UN Security Council.

Russia, though, has a special “right to veto,” along with China, France, the UK, and the U.S. Any U.N. Security Council vote can be shot down with just one veto from one of those five countries.

Russia exercised its veto power to block a U.N. resolution that some may consider a layup. The world often stands together in condemning North Korea’s weapons tests.

Is Russia trying to send a message to the U.S. and the Trump administration? A Kremlin mouthpiece just said last week that President Trump is worse than North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.