Report: Russia cannot support amended Syria draft

February 3, 2012 17:46

MOSCOW - Russia cannot support a Western-Arab draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria despite changes that took some of its concerns into account, the Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Friday.

Gatilov did not specify whether Russia would veto the resolution, which supports an Arab League plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to cede power, or abstain if it comes to a vote in the Security Council in its current form.

"We have received the text. Some of our concerns and the concerns of those with like minds have been taken into account in it, but nonetheless, this is not enough for us to be able to support it in this form," he was quoted as saying.

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