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Russia: UN resolution on Syria is path to war
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Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov
A senior Russian diplomat Tuesday said a draft UN resolution demanding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step aside is a “path to civil war.”
 
“The Western draft Security Council resolution on Syria does not lead to a search for compromise,” Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov wrote Tuesday on Twitter, The Associated Press reported.
 
“Pushing this resolution is a path to civil war.” 
 
Russia has been one of Syrian people’s strongest supporters. In October, Moscow, along with and Beijing, vetoed the first Security Council attempt to condemn Damascus.
 
Russia fears the new measure could open the door to eventual military intervention, the way an Arab-backed UN resolution led to NATO airstrikes in Libya.
 
Syria has been experiencing unrest ever since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Assad's government. 
 
On October 7, Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad said around 1,100 members of the security forces and ordinary citizens had been killed by armed groups in the first seven months of the unrest, which began on March 15. 
 
The United Nations says 5,000 people, many of them members of the security forces, have been killed during the unrest. 
 
The Syrian government says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings. 
 
Damascus also says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and the security forces have been given clear instructions not to harm civilians. 
 
In addition, Syrian state TV has broadcast reports showing seized weapons caches and confessions by terrorist elements describing how they obtained arms from foreign sources.

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