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Russia is attempting to suppress a United Nations report that says Iran has been breaking a U.N. arms embargo by shipping weapons to Syria, Western diplomats said Thursday.
"Russia has objected to the publication of the report as an official Security Council document," a council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Several other diplomats confirmed it.
"It's obviously an attempt to protect (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad," who is coming under increasing international pressure over his violent crackdown on anti-government protesters, another council diplomat said.
The confidential report, obtained by Reuters, said most of Iran's breaches of the embargo have been deliveries of weapons to Syria, which Western diplomats say were to be passed on to Lebanese and Palestinian militants.
Russia's decision to block the report comes as diplomats said Britain and France were attempting to revive plans to have the Security Council condemn Syria for its crackdown against demonstrators.
A senior Russian diplomat was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Thursday that Iran's Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant will be fully operational within weeks.
Originally posted by Agent_USA_Supporter
Russia, Iran.Libya, Sryia are standing up agaisnt the new world order, UN
I dont see any problems with what the russians are doing, but i do have a problem with the americaian government leadership and NATO.
I have to admit that I do wonder who is playing what game here
Russia will be making no friends if they continue to support dictatorships while squashing the reporting from the UN...that could lead to some serious backlash.