UNITED NATIONS - Russia is attempting to suppress a United
Nations report that says Iran has been breaking a UN arms embargo by shipping
weapons to Syria, Western diplomats said on Thursday.
objected to the publication of the report as an official Security Council
document," a council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Several
other diplomats confirmed it.
"It's obviously an attempt to protect
(Syrian President) Bashar Assad," who is coming under increasing
international pressure over his violent crackdown on anti-government protesters,
another council diplomat said.