MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti)
Russia would be willing to support a “tough” but “balanced” UN Security Council resolution on Syria, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday after talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
After describing the difference in positions on Syria between Moscow and London as “no dramatic,” Medvedev said Russia favored a resolution that was “tough and balanced and addresses…both participants in the conflict.”
He also said that the resolution “should be stringent, but it should not lead to the automatic use of sanctions.”
Medvedev also said it was important that any resolution adopted by the UN Security Council should “not turn into a sort of resolution 1973.”
UN Security Council 1973 on Libya established a no-fly zone over Libya and led to NATO military intervention in the conflict.
The Syrian government has used force to crush the opposition protests, which followed a wave of uprisings in other Arab countries. The UN says at least 2,200 people have died since the start of the protests in March.
Cameron said there was “some level of agreement that what is happening in Syria is unacceptable and that what President Assad is doing to his own people is wrong and that the violence needs to stop.”
“But there is a different in perspective between Britain and Russia on this issue…we don’t see a future for President Assad in Syria…however we want to work together to get the best possible UN resolution.”
Cameron also said he would discuss violent Islamic extremism with Medvedev “over lunch.”
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- mrgenieCameron is an extremist himself.18:54, 12/09/2011He should be ashamed. What Gaddafi did was wrong. No doubts about that. But the British have and had no right to kill Gaddafi supporters. Putin's claims that Leaders around the world have not the right to kill woman and children, but actually do have the right since no one has the right to stop them from doing so is also as wrong as can be.
So we have 2 lines:"fight the others by killing them and defend woman and children of 1 party" or the "putin-view" let party 2 kill woman and children of party 1 by doing nothing.
I consider medwedew's view the best:"try as much as you can to stop both parties from killing each other, but don't kill anyone yourself"
- wanklordRussian hypocrisy at its best21:02, 12/09/2011Time for the Syrian military to implement defensive measures in order to confront the upcoming NATO attack (hopefully Iran will assist them).
Any response would likely boomerang on Russia – the partnership between Rosneft and ExxonMobil is a case in point. The United States has hit Russia with a third round of sanctions. This time the Americans went with a higher caliber weapon, targeting Russia’s biggest energy companies (Rosneft and Novatek) and banks (VEB and Gazprombank).