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UN Resolution Rejected by Russia, 12 Dead in Syria on Friday

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (right) in 2010. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – MOSCOW – Russia rejected a tentative plan on Friday by the United Nations Security Council aimed at stemming the ongoing bloodshed in Syria, defying broad international consensus despite what appeared to be concerted attempts to account for Moscow’s concerns.

The resolution, which backs an Arab League plan for political change in Syria, made two significant omissions to meet Russian demands. It left out a specific requirement that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, step down; and it jettisoned a provision for a voluntary arms embargo. Russia is a major supplier of weapons to Syria.

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