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Divisions exposed in vote to suspend Russia from U.N. rights council

Abstentions and 'no' votes jump after push by Moscow and Beijing

The April 7 resolution to suspend Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council drew 93 votes in favor, 24 votes against, and 58 abstentions.   © AP

NEW YORK/BEIJING -- Thursday's vote to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council underscored the country's isolation over alleged war crimes but also reflected Russian and Chinese efforts to pull support away from Western critics.

Ninety-three members of the General Assembly voted for the resolution, which removed a permanent member of the Security Council from a U.N. body for the first time. But abstentions and "no" votes totaled 82 -- far more than during previous resolutions related to the invasion of Ukraine.

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