Russia says it will veto UN resolution on Syria

UNITED NATIONS - Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday his country will veto a UN Security Council resolution to refer the crisis in Syria to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible crimes against humanity and war crimes.


Nearly 60 countries have urged the council to refer the matter to the ICC, and France has called for a vote Thursday.


But permanent council member Russia has vetoed three previous resolutions on the Syria conflict, and Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters his country would do the same with this one. Moscow is Syria's closest ally. (AP)