Russia opposes arms embargo, sanctions on South Sudan

South Sudanese soldiers secure a road near Juba's airport on August 26, 2014Russia said Friday it opposes an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions on its leaders for their role in the brutal two-year war. Russian Deputy UN Ambassador Petr Iliichev said sanctions were “not conducive” for the peace process because the panel proposed putting the president and rebel leader on the sanctions blacklist. The panel submitted a confidential list of four names for sanctions: President Salva Kiir, rebel chief Riek Machar, army chief of staff Paul Malong and internal security chief Akol Koor.

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