The Russian government is stepping up its defence of the Syrian regime, says the BBC. Today Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov reiterated Russia would block any attempts by the UN to authorize an intervention to stop the ongoing bloodbath carried out by President Bashar al Assad’s security forces, declaring:
We have always said that we are categorically against any outside interference in the Syrian conflict because this will only exacerbate the situation for both Syria and the region as a whole.
Russia has the power to veto any UN resolution calling for military intervention in Syria. The statement above comes as international pressure is increasing for the UN to do more to stop al Assad.
Yesterday several countries, including Canada, expelled Syrian diplomats in protest over a massacre carried out last Friday against civilians in the town of Houla.