Russia says political settlement to Syria crisis still possible

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Vitaly Churkin

Russia will continue to actively seek a political settlement to the crisis in Syria through the Security Council, according to Vitaly Churkin, the Russian Ambassador to the UN.

Ambassador Churkin spoke after using his country's veto power to block a UN resolution on Syria.

He said the draft resolution did not adequately reflect the "real state of affairs" in Syria.

"In the Security Council we have actively tried to find a way for a solution which would be objective and which would help in the immediate end to violence and political progress in Syria. The decision of the Security Council should just be one like this because some influential member of the international community-unfortunately including those sitting around this table from the very beginning of the Syrian process-have been undermining the opportunity for political settlement…calling for a regime change, pushing the opposition towards power and not stopping at provocation and feeding on the methods of struggle.

Russia's proposed amendments were ignored, Churkin said, including a demand that the Syrian opposition distance itself from extremist groups.

Russia's Foreign Minister was on his way to Damascus to speak to Syria's President Assad, he added.

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