Russian EU envoy: ‘no chance for UN resolution on Syria’

Vladimir Chizhov’s remarks were the latest suggestion that Russia would veto the resolution, which supports an Arab League plan calling for Syrian President Bashar al-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,” said Chizhov, Russia’s envoy to the European Union.

Russia has repeatedly warned it would prevent the Security Council from stamping its approval on potential military intervention in Syria, where the United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed since Assad’s government began a crackdown on pro-democracy unrest nearly a year ago.

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Russia says West’s UN effort over Syria ‘path to civil war’

The text calls for President Bashar al-Assad to hand power to his deputy.

It also stresses there will be no foreign military intervention in a conflict that the United Nations says has killed more than 5,400 people in the past 10 months.

It demands that “the Syrian government immediately puts an end to all human rights violations and attacks against those exercising their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association”.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov underscored Moscow’s opposition to the draft, but he stopped short of an explicit threat to block it with a veto.

“The Western draft Security Council resolution on Syria will not lead to a search for compromise,” Interfax quoted Gatilov as saying. “Pushing it is a path to civil war.”

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