Russia isolating itself over support for Assad

A few more massacres like the one in Houla last weekend and Russia will be in a very lonely place internationally. BBC: China and Russia, which both wield a veto at the UN Security Council, have blocked two previous resolutions calling for tougher action on Damascus. On Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said military intervention authorised by the Security Council had not yet been ruled out. The US state department expressed hope that the events in Houla might prove a "turning point in Russian thinking". Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said: "We have always said that we are categorically against any outside interference in the Syrian conflict because this will only exacerbate the situation for both Syria and the region as a whole." A spokesman for China's foreign ministry also reiterated Beijing's opposition to military intervention in Syria or forced "regime change". Syria's main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, said Russia had...(Read Full Post)

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