U.S.: Syria can't hide behind Russia at U.N. Security Council

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 28, 2013 2:12 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian opposition to United Nations Security Council action on the Syria conflict should not be allowed to shield the Syrian government, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday as Britain's push for council action met Moscow's resistance.

"We do not believe the Syrian regime should be able to hide behind the fact that the Russians continue to block action on Syria at the U.N. and we will make our decision on appropriate action going forward," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

Harf said actions by Russia, Syria's main arms supplier, including vetoes of three previous resolutions condemning the government of Bashar al-Assad, called into question whether the council was an effective venue to deal with the two-year-old conflict.

(Reporting by Paul Eckert; Editing by Sandra Maler)