Russia disagrees that time has come for sanctions against Syria

UNITED NATIONS, August 24 (Itar-Tass) — Russia disagrees that time has come to impose sanctions against Damascus.

Asked to comment whether it’s the right time to introduce sanctions against Syria, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said, “No. We don’t think so.”

Western countries members of the U.N. Security Council are working out measures to exert pressure on the Syrian government, which, they say, has been fiercely suppressing opposition protests for the past five months.

However, Russia, which is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, has the right to veto decisions on this issue.

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