Russia apparently does not agree that Syria must face military action if it fails to comply with a tough UN resolution.
In contrast to the claims of the US Secretary of State, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that such threats risk jeopardising any peace talks.
“Chapter 7 was not in the discusssions between USA and Russia. This chapter does not exist in the final text. But the partners want to change the things that we have agreed with the Americans. It’s not like this that one can do business and I am sure that even if there are all these declarations from European capitals, the USA will stick to the point we have concluded as ordinary partners do,” said Lavrov.
After talks with Egypt’s foreign minister Lavrov also suggested that it may be time to consider efforts to force opponents of Bashar al-Assad to attend peace talks rather than just urging them to do so.
The difference of interpretation suggest difficult talks lie ahead at the United Nations to agree on the fine points of any resolution that threatens the use of force.