July 12, 2012
UNITED NATIONS — The major powers started talks Thursday on a UN Security Council resolution on Syria with Russia declaring a “red line” against sanctions.
Russia and the Western nations on the 15-member council have drafted rival resolutions on Syria.
Britain, the United States, France and Germany have demanded sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. Russia is firmly against.
“Anything can be negotiated but we do not negotiate this. This is a red line,” Russia’s deputy UN ambassador Igor Pankin told reporters at the Security Council after the first talks among key envoys.
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