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She earlier called the actions “appalling” and said they put Russia and China on the “wrong side of history.” That assertion was rejected by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at a news conference with Mrs. Clinton on Wednesday, when Mr. Yang said history would prove China’s position to be correct.

The question of sanctions against Syria and Iran will be a main topic of conversation among officials later this month at the U.N. General Assembly.

Despite Russia’s refusal to join the U.S. and its allies in seeking more pressure against Syria and Iran, Mrs. Clinton said the Obama administration wants Congress to remove Russia from a 1974 law that denies Russia normal trade relations with the U.S. because of Soviet-era laws restricting the emigration of Jews.

Now that Russia has joined the World Trade Organization, membership that the United States long supported, Mrs. Clinton said it would be “ironic” if American businesses were unable to do business in Russia because of U.S. law.