MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russia's First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alexander Pankin, reiterated that imposing sanctions against Syria is a red line for Russia.
Itar-Tass News Agency quoted Pankin as saying in a statement that it is impossible to continue the settlement process and the work of the observer mission in Syria “with the stick of sanctions directed against only one party" in Syria.
The Russian diplomat said that Russia will accept compromises regarding a UN Security Council resolution on prolonging the mandate of the international observer mission in Syria.
Pankin considered the calls by some Syrian opposition representatives to exclude the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, from the settlement process as inappropriate, adding that the opposition itself is involved in commiting acts of violence.
Pankin referred that the Syrian opposition's meeting in Cairo set its goal as "forced removal of the government," adding that is why they are not pleased at Annan's efforts to achieve peace.
He said that Annan is making things difficult for many sides as his plan aims at political diplomatic settlement without taking coercive or retaliatory measures, pointing out to Annan's efforts to achieve this.
He added that some parties are putting obstacles in Annan's way to accuse him that the number of victims is still inceasing despite his efforts to settle the crisis.
Pankin said that the international observers are facing obstacles while working in Syria, noting that many UN observers have received direct threats from non-Syrian Arabs to force them leave the country.
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