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Russia slams U.S. for threats to solve Syrian crisis bypassing UN

07-21-2012 02:45 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

MOSCOW, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Any attempts to solve the Syrian crisis circumventing the United Nations are doomed to be inefficient and will undermine the UN's authority, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

Earlier on Friday, President Vladimir Putin convened the Russian Security Council to discuss the Syrian issue after Russia vetoed Thursday a Western-proposed draft resolution on Syria in the UN Security Council.

"The Russian Security Council stressed it was utterly inappropriate and unacceptable to link the increasing tensions in Syria to the position of the Russian Federation," Peskov told reporters after the meeting.

He highlighted Putin's stance that any attempts to bypass the UN Security Council would be inefficient and only undermine the authority of the UN.

The meeting of the Russian Security Council was also attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speakers of both houses of the Parliament, and other high-ranking officials.

Russia and China, two permanent members of the UN Security Council, vetoed Thursday a Western-proposed draft resolution, which threatens non-military sanctions by quoting Chapter VII of the UN Charter if the Syrian government fails to pull out troops and heavy weapons from populated areas.

The two countries explained after the vote that the resolution was "biased" and "seriously problematic," and went against the consensus that was reached by the Action Group members at a meeting in Geneva late last month.

After the vote, Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the UN, told the UN Security Council that it "utterly failed" on Syria.

"We will intensify our work with a diverse range of partners outside the Security Council to bring pressure to bear on Assad regime and to deliver assistance to those in need," she said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Friday rejected Rice's comments, calling them an "alarming signal."

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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