Russian EU envoy sees no chance for Syria resolution

February 1, 2012 09:36

MOSCOW - Russia's envoy to the European Union said on Wednesday he believes a Western-Arab draft UN Security Council resolution cannot pass without language clearly ruling out potential military intervention, the Interfax news agency reported.

Vladimir Chizhov's remarks were the latest indication that Russia could veto the resolution, which supports an Arab League plan calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to cede power, if it is not changed to take Moscow's concerns into account.

The draft "is missing the most important thing: a clear clause ruling out the possibility that the resolution could be used to justify military intervention in Syrian affairs from outside. For this reason I see no chance this draft could be adopted," Chizhov said, according to Interfax.

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