May 12, 2011
Why Is Russia Keeping the U.N. from Condemning Syria?

On a day in which Syria shelled the city of Homs as part of an escalated crackdown on protesters and withdrew its controversial bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, Russia once again rejected a British-led effort to persuade the U.N. Security Council to condemn the Syrian regime’s use of violence. “The Security Council cannot discuss Syria,” a Russian foreign ministry official told the Interfax news agency. The official claimed that the Syrian opposition was guilty of violence as well. “The opposition there was never peaceful to begin with,”he said.

Russia has called for negotiations and political reforms in Syria, but the veto-wielding member of the Security Council has consistently blocked U.N. action on Syria. Why? News reports over the last month suggest a few reasons.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire

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