The United Nations is a step closer to agreeing on how to handle the violence in Syria now that Russia has proposed a Security Council resolution on the issue.
An ally of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, Russia, along with China, has previously vetoed resolutions proposed by European Security Council members such as Britain.
Although Russia’s draft was not accepted by the Security Council members, the US has welcomed Moscow’s new position.
“Hopefully we can work with the Russians, who for the first time at least, have recognized that this is a matter that needs to go to the Security Council. It’s just we have differences in how they are approaching it, but we hope to be able to work with them,” said US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
The wording in Russia’s draft resolution strongly condemns the violence by ‘all parties, including disproportionate use of force by Syrian authorities’.
It comes on the day opponents claim to have killed 27 members of the regime’s army and what they are describing as ‘security agents’.