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Russia resists Syria sanctions, U.N. says 2,600 dead

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Guy Faulconbridge
Reuters
Sept 12, 2011

Russia rejected Monday Western calls for greater pressure on Syria over its violent crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad, in which the United Nations said 2,600 people have been killed.

A day after France described the lack of a firm U.N. stance against Damascus as a scandal, President Dmitry Medvedev said recent U.S. and European sanctions on Syria meant “additional pressure now is absolutely not needed in this direction.”

Russia and China, veto-wielding members of the United Nations Security Council, have resisted efforts by Washington and its European allies to step up the international response to Syria’s repression of nearly six months of protests.

Assad has reacted to the uprising, inspired by revolts which have toppled three North African leaders this year, with military assaults on protest centers and mass arrests.

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