Russia warns imbalanced Syria approach leading to bloodshed

July 28, 2012 14:36

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Saturday that international support for Syrian rebels would lead to "more blood" and the government could not be expected to willingly give in to its opponents. Lavrov's comments came as military helicopters pounded a rebel-held district of Aleppo and armored units positioned themselves for an onslaught that could determine the fate of Syria's biggest city, opposition sources said.

Lavrov, whose country has vetoed three UN Security Council resolutions intended to increase pressure on Syria's government to end 16 months of violence, said Western and Arab nations should exert more influence on rebels to stop fighting.

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