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Russia rules out UN resolution on Syria

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov says Moscow will not support a Western-Arab drafted UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

Moscow says the new draft, due to be discussed on Friday, does not take into account the Russian position on Syria.

The draft proposed by the US, its Western allies as well as the Arab League, calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power.

Gatilov says that the draft fails to exclude the possibility of military intervention in the country.

Earlier, Russia proposed a resolution for Syria, holding the government as well as the opposition responsible for the unrest in the country. However, the resolution was dismissed.

Russia has repeatedly expressed opposition to any United Nation’s resolution that would justify sanctions or the use of force against Syria, describing negotiations as the only way to end months of unrest in the country.

“We support, as a point of principle, an inclusive dialogue among all sides of Syrian society without pre-conditions, on the assumption that all participants in such a dialogue will be guided by the idea of reaching agreement and will show responsibility for the fate of their country and their people,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

In October, Russia and China blocked a European-drafted Security Council resolution against the Syrian government.

Russia has also rejected a recent call by the Arab League for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March. Many people have lost their lives in the country over the past ten months. Damascus says over 2,000 security forces have been killed in the unrest.

The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters. Damascus, however, blames “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.


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