Russia objects to US bid to impose UN sanctions on S. Sudan leaders

South Sudan’s army chief Paul Malong

Russia, Angola and Venezuela on Tuesday objected to a U.S. bid to impose United Nations Security Council sanctions on South Sudan’s army chief and a rebel commander for their roles in the country’s more than 20-month conflict.

The United States had proposed to a U.N. Security Council sanctions committee that South Sudan’s army chief Paul Malong and rebel commander Johnson Olony be subjected to a global travel ban and asset freeze.

Russia, Angola and Venezuela requested that the proposal be put on hold. According to diplomats at the security council, a hold does not mean the proposal is dead, but it delays consideration.

The U.N. Security Council blacklisted six rival generals in South Sudan in July, the first people to be subjected to a global asset freeze and travel ban.