Russia demands UN remain in Syria
Published Thursday, August 16, 2012
Russia told the United States on Thursday that it favors a continued United Nations presence in Syria, saying a UN exit from the Middle Eastern nation would have "serious negative consequences."
In a meeting with US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov emphasized "the need to maintain the UN presence in Syria," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The United States has said unarmed UN observers should not remain in Syria beyond an Aug. 19 deadline, but that Washington is willing to consider an alternative UN presence in the country to deal with the deadly 17-month conflict.