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Russia has circulated a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending the crisis in Syria, in a move that surprised the Western nations.
The draft condemns the violence by both Syria's government and the opposition, but does not mention sanctions.
Western nations said the proposal was not tough enough, but that they were prepared to work on the document.
The West has been pushing the council to act on Syria for months, but Russia - and China - vetoed such proposals.
Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the document urged an end to the violence, but did not mention any sanctions.
The draft demands that "all parties" in Syria stop violence.
But it also includes a new reference to "disproportionate use of force by Syrian authorities", in what is seen by some analysts as toughening of Moscow's position towards Damascus.
Russia accuses the West of trying to use the UN to force regime change in Syria.
Originally posted by AzureSky
Is there oil in syria? Hm.
I'm sure someone wants something there.
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