Putin warns against action on Syria outside UN: Kremlin

The Kremlin said Putin delivered the comments at a closed meeting of Russia's powerful Security Council.

Written by Agencies | Moscow | Published:July 21, 2012 9:24 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Western powers Saturday not to take unilateral action against the Syrian government outside the UN Security Council.

The Kremlin said Putin delivered the comments at a closed

meeting of Russia’s powerful Security Council that groups all

the top ministers and decides strategy on the most sensitive

foreign and domestic affairs.

“In the opinion of the Russian president,any attempts to

act outside the UN Security Council will be ineffective and

only undermine the authority of this international organisation,” news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying at the meeting.

The spokesman said Putin also rejected Western charges

that Russia was inciting even more violence in Syria by

blocking with China possible sanctions against its Middle East

ally for the third time on Friday.

“Members of the Russian Security Council underscored the

complete inappropriateness and unacceptability of attempts to tie the tensions in Syria to the position taken by the Russian Federation,” Peskov said.

His comments were issued only moments after the Security

Council unanimously approved a resolution extending a UN

monitors mission in Syria for another 30 days.

Russia welcomed the extension as a sign of compromise

because it excluded an earlier call on the government of its

main Middle East ally to pull out heavy weapons out of towns

and other areas controlled by the armed opposition.

The mission’s mandate may also be extended again should

the United Nations report a deescalation in violence and an

end to the regime’s use of heavy weapons such as tanks in the next month.

But nations such as the United States have called this

the final extension of the missions originally in place to

oversee the implementation of a peace plan that never went

into effect and vowed to look for new solutions to the

16-month crisis.

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