US: Syria can't hide behind Russia at UN Security Council

August 28, 2013 21:08

WASHINGTON) - Russian opposition to United Nations Security Council action on the Syria conflict should not be allowed to shield the Syrian government, the US State Department said on Wednesday as Britain's push for council action met Moscow's resistance.

"We do not believe the Syrian regime should be able to hide behind the fact that the Russians continue to block action on Syria at the UN and we will make our decision on appropriate action going forward," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.Harf said actions by Russia, Syria's main arms supplier, including vetoes of three previous resolutions condemning the government of Bashar Assad, called into question whether the council was an effective venue to deal with the two-year-old conflict.

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