This time it was Britain that attempted to get the ball rolling.
Russia on Wednesday rejected calls for a special UN Security Council meeting on Syria to condemn its crackdown on protesters, noting that the opposition was resorting to violence as well.
The comments by the Russian foreign ministry came amid mounting international pressure for the UN Security Council to respond to the crisis, with Britain leading efforts to get a resolution condemning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.
Russia helped block last month's attempt by the Security Council to adopt a statement condemning the violence, and a source in the Russian foreign ministry said Moscow remained firmly opposed to any sanctions.
The Russian official also took the unusual step of criticising the protesters' actions in an apparent hardening of Moscow's position.
An apparent hardening of Moscow's postion? What spin. What crap.
There has been ample evidence the protesters have been violent. Including destruction of all manner of property and attacking others. You know gunmen on motorcycles shooting at soldiers and other people?
"The opposition there (in Syria) was never peaceful to begin with," the Russian official was quoted as saying.A simple fact.
What does Israel have to say about this state of affairs?
Stop exporting weapons to Syria.
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) called on Russia on Wednesday to halt weapons exports to Syria until there was a clearer picture of the current events there, Israel Radio reported.
A clearer picture of the current events there?
There is a clear picture. Perfectly clear.
Outside forces are messing around in Syria. The US & Israel, for sure. Likely Saudi Arabia & Jordan at the behest of their masters. Based on all available information that is the only reasonable conclusion that can be drawn. (click the Syria label and read through numerous posts)
Russia's response to Israel exhortations?
The sales will continue.
Russia won't let the balance of forces in the Middle East change, so its arms sales to Syria should not disturb Israel, the chairman of the Federation Council said Wednesday.
"Russia controls the situation in order not to alter the balance of forces in the region," Mironov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.
I would take this to mean, since Israel has a massive nuclear arsenal, the arms sales to Syria can continue. Quite frankly, there is no way they could disturb Israel.
Some additional reading here
Call it background. Or supportive information to my many Syria posts.
But the actual character of these demonstrations remains unclear. To what extent are they true popular outpourings? What has been the governing Syrian Socialist Arab Baath Party’s actual response?
Very clear is the fact that U.S. imperialism is trying to use these protests to its own advantage. This has nothing to do with any demands raised by Syrian workers, who are suffering from an austerity plan imposed by the International Monetary Fund in 2006. Michel Chossudovsky wrote on May 3 that among the protests is “an organized insurrection composed of armed gangs” that entered the Syrian town of Dara’a from Jordan. (GlobalResearch.ca) Dara’a is where the protests began.
Meanwhile, the Syrian government-run media is not saying much, while the Western corporate media as well as Al Jazeera have been accused of exaggerating both the protests and the Syrian government repression. Russia Today on April 30 quotes a travel agent living in Syria who says pro-Assad rallies were called “anti-Assad” by Al Jazeera; anti-government protests reported by Al Jazeera and Reuters did not take place; and protest footage from other countries has been attributed to Syria.
While front-page articles give the impression that most of Syria has taken to the streets against Assad, most establishment Middle East pundits admit that the Syrian government, at this point, is supported by most Syrians.