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Russian EU envoy sees no chance for Syria resolution

Russian government says it would not agree to any UN resolution on Syria giving the green light to military intervention

Reuters , Wednesday 1 Feb 2012
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Russia's envoy to the European Union said on Wednesday he believes a Western-Arab draft U.N. Security Council resolution cannot pass without language clearly ruling out potential military intervention, the Interfax news agency reported.

Vladimir Chizhov's remarks were the latest indication that Russia could 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," Chizhov said, according to Interfax.

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