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Russia Opposes Europe-Backed UN Syria Resolution, Interfax Says

October 04, 2011

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Russia won’t support the latest European draft of the United Nations resolution on Syria, Interfax reported, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

The proposed resolution is “unacceptable” because it contains the prospect of sanctions and amounts to interference in the internal affairs of the Middle Eastern state, Gatilov was cited as saying by the news service.

European nations on the UN Security Council on Sept. 29 circulated a fourth version of their draft resolution on Syria in a continuing bid to win Russia’s support. It deletes the word “sanctions,” instead threatening to adopt “targeted measures” in the event that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government doesn’t halt attacks on protesters.

Russia is one five veto-wielding members of the Security Council and abstained in a March vote authorizing a western-led military campaign in Libya. Gatilov didn’t specify whether Russia is prepared to veto the resolution on Syria.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich declined to comment on the proposed document.

--Editor: Paul Abelsky

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