• Russia has called for UN Security Council meeting to resolve the crisis in Syria. It has proposed a draft resolution which condemns the violence by the Syrian Government and opposition groups, but proposes no sanctions.

  • It also raises concern over the illegal supply of weapons to the armed groups in Syria. The resolution comes in the backdrop of mounting international pressure over the crackdown on protesters in Syria.

  • Europe and the United States have welcomed the Russian initiative but said the proposed text was not tough enough on the Damascus government. They have also said there is no firm evidence of arms trafficking to Syria.