Knesset speaker to Russia: Don't oppose UN Syria sanctions

June 9, 2011 15:11

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin met with outgoing Russian Ambassador to Israel Petr Stegniy on Thursday, hoping to convince the government in Moscow not to veto the upcoming UN Security Council resolution aimed at Syria's covert nuclear program.

"Syria's actions are completely contrary to the values of the free world," Rivlin said. "Not everything is political. This matter is of common interest to all parties involved. It is a shared interest of every state in the free world."

Russia said on Thursday it would vote against a Western-led push at the UN nuclear watchdog to report Syria to the Security Council for covert atomic work, including three years of stonewalling of a probe into a site bombed by Israel in 2007.

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