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Russia Presents Draft UN Resolutions On 'Terrorism,' Aid In Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, late last month.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia has introduced draft UN Security Council resolutions on humanitarian aid access and the fight against "terrorism" in Syria.

Speaking in Moscow, Lavrov said terrorism causes suffering among Syrians and in neighboring countries and "is certainly no less acute a problem" than the country's humanitarian crisis.

Moscow's call for a resolution condemning acts of "terrorism" echoes the rhetoric of the Syrian regime, which uses the term to describe all those fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.

Earlier this week, Russia made it clear that it would reject a Western-Arab draft resolution on humanitarian aid access in Syria in its existing form, saying it was biased against Assad's government.

Russia has been Assad's most powerful international backer since the start of the civil war almost three years ago.

Based on reporting by Reuters and ITAR-TASS