Russia says it won't back UN resolution on Syria

By REUTERS
October 4, 2011 19:13

 
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MOSCOW - Russia will not support a European-drafted UN resolution on Syria, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, calling the draft "unacceptable" but not revealing whether Moscow would veto it.

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax news agency that Russia refused to back the text because it opened the door for punitive sanctions against Syria.

"We cannot support such a text," Gatilov was quoted as saying. "It is unacceptable because it includes the possibility of imposing sanctions against Syria."

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