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Russia rejects UN sanctions against Syria

Thursday, July 12, 2012

“Ruushka oo diiday Cunaqabatayn lasaari Suuriya”

Russia will not support a draft resolution brokered by the UN Security Council that authorizes sanctions against Syria if it fails to stop violence, the first deputy of the Russian envoy to the UN, Alexander Pankin said on Wednesday.
The diplomat said that Western countries were seeking to pass a resolution in the UN Security Council that stipulates imposing sanctions on the violence-hit Syria if the crisis was not solved.

“We will not support them since we don’t think that any sanctions will have an effect,” the diplomat said, adding that the UN-backed measures would mainly target president Bashar Assad’s government.

The Security Council earlier rejected a draft resolution Russia had submitted to the UN Security Council on Tuesday proposing that the period of stay for the international observers’ mission in Syria be extended by three months.

In a teleconference on Wednesday representatives of 15 Security Council members heard a report by UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on the situation in Syria.