ISLAMABAD - The United Nations Security Council has rejected a Russian request to discuss the enactment of a Ukrainian language law.
In a procedural vote, France, Germany, the United States, Poland, Britain and Belgium voted against Russian request. Nine votes are required for the adoption of a contended provisional agenda item of the Security Council.
China voiced regret over the Security Council's rejection of the Russian request.
In his remarks, China's permanent representative to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu said China hope that members of the council will respect one another, maintain unity, and effectively fulfill the council's obligation of maintaining international peace and securit.