Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the sanctions plan for Zimbabwe would have taken the U.N. beyond its mandate by “artificially elevating them to the level of a threat” to international peace and security.
China’s U.N. Ambassador Wang Guangya, whose nation is one of Zimbabwe’s major trading partners, also expressed fears of nation-tinkering and said Zimbabwe was best left to conduct its own talks on how to resolve its political crisis.
“The development of the situation in Zimbabwe until now has not exceeded the context of domestic affairs,” he said. “It will unavoidably interfere with the negotiation process.”