posted on Oct, 26 2005 @ 01:18 PM
Russian officials have stated that they will veto any security resolutions imposing sanctions against Syria. They claim that there are flaws in the
investigations into the Hariri assassination and they want for Syria to cooperate more in the inquiry to bring to light any missing information.
Lebanon has cooperated fully with UN recommendations, arresting four generals with ties to Syria.
Moscow says it will block any UN effort to impose sanctions on Damascus over its alleged role in the assassination of former Lebanese leader Rafik
The UN Security Council is considering a plan - drafted by France, the US and UK - to threaten Syria with sanctions.
Russia, a long-term ally of Syria and a permanent Security Council member, has the power to veto any draft resolution.
Syria has rejected a UN report that accuses it of plotting Hariri's death and blocking an investigation into it.
Its ambassador to the UN said the team led by German investigator Detlev Mehlis was guilty of bias and some countries were fanning "the flames of
hatred against Syria".
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This latest development in the buildup to conflict with Syria only emphasizes the divisions building within the UN. Russia's veto vote on the
security council is not going to go away, and if they do indeed block a US proposed resolution on Syria, it could jeopardize relations on the council.
It is no surprise that Lebanon is cooperating, as they are a new government and probably wish to keep their "good standing" with the US and EU.
Further, their long-standing conflicts with Syria and certainly fueling their actions. As for Russia, they have stood as loose allies with Syria and
will continue to demand a fair investigation. They seem very skeptical about the assassination findings, perhaps rightly so. For the US to just
simply announce that Syria's government was responsible certainly planted that assumption into the public discourse, regardless of its truth. It
would not be beyond the US administration to manufacture the evidence or draw hasty conclusions so as to justify impending action against Syria.
Overall, it looks like Syria is next on the "regime change" list, and if so, it could create some serious friction with Russia
[edit on 26-10-2005 by RogerKint]