Russia Threatens U.N. Veto

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31:  Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin speaks at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the crisis in Syria on January 31, 2012 in New York City. The Security Council is meeting to discuss a draft resolution calling on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to step down. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    As expected, debate in the United Nations over how to stop the bloodshed in Syria is running into a Russian wall. Moscow’s envoy to the European Union says his country will veto the current resolution unless it explicitly rules out a military intervention. The British foreign secretary and his French counterpart said the resolution as is could not be used to justify military intervention. Russia, a close ally and important arms dealer to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, has proposed an alternate resolution that assigns equal blame to the Assad regime and its opposition.

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