Russia on Tuesday announced its refusal to any international resolution that includes sanctions against Syria.
Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said in a statement quoted by the Interfax news agency on today that his country would not support the draft resolution proposed by the West for voting in the UN Security Council because it includes a reference to the possibility of sanctions against Syria.
Gatilov criticized the Western draft proposal because it does not reject any outside interference in the internal affairs of Syria and does not encourage the start of dialogue between the government and the opposition.
He added that the absence of these two matters make it impossible for Moscow to vote for the draft resolution.
The Western countries had prepared a draft resolution granting the Syrian authorities 30 days to stop the violence and restore civil rights and the implementation of reforms.