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West-Arab draft resolution on Syria "unacceptable": Russian FM

(Xinhua)

12:09, February 05, 2012

MOSCOW, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- A West-Arab draft resolution on Syria is unacceptable to Russia and would lead to a "new scandal" in the U.N. Security Council, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

Lavrov told the Rossiya-1 TV channel that Russia may veto the resolution if amendments proposed by Moscow were not taken into account.

"Our amendments to this draft are well-known....I sent them yesterday to (U.S. Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton and our U.N. representative to convey the amendments to our partners," Lavrov said.

"If they want another scandal for themselves in the Security Council, then we probably cannot stop them," he said.

Also on Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov wrote in his blog that Russia's amendments are aimed at a peaceful settlement to the Syria crisis.

The Security Council failed to reach an agreement over the resolution on Syria on Friday as Russia opposed a clause that it said hinted at a possible regime change in Damascus. The council was set to meet again in open session Saturday.

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