wohl keine Sanktionen gegen Syrien...
börsenfüxlein : wohl keine Sanktionen gegen Syrien...
Russia says will defend Syria against UN sanctions
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, Syria's close ally since Cold War times, will do all it takes to block any attempt to slap economic sanctions against Damascus, a Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
The United States and France threatened Syria with economic sanctions earlier this week if Damascus did not cooperate fully with a U.N. probe into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
"Russia will do everything necessary to stop attempts to introduce sanctions against Syria," spokesman Mikhail Kalmynin told Interfax news agency and other Russian media on the sidelines of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's trip to Israel.
Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, angered the United States earlier this year by announcing plans to sell advanced missile systems to Syria, which Washington has accused of having links to terrorism.
A tough draft resolution, also backed by Britain and circulated to the 15 U.N. Security Council members, demands Damascus detain possible suspects in the assassination probe and make them available to U.N. investigators, who have complained about Syria's cooperation.
If Syria does not do this, the text says, the Council would consider "further measures", such as economic sanctions, "to ensure compliance".
Lavrov will seek at next week's discussions at the Security Council in New York to make sure any resolution calls for the investigation to be fair and objective, Kalmynin said.
Both U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have refused to rule out the possibility of military action against Syria, but said Washington has not exhausted its diplomatic options.
Russia, already at odds with the United States over its nuclear ties with Iran, had said before that U.S. terror accusations against Syria were hurting the Middle East peace process, and agreed to write off a huge chunk of Soviet-era debt held by Damascus earlier this year.
bin schon gespannt, wie lange die (nach außen) guten Beziehungen zwischen der USA und Russland/China noch bestehen werden...gibt auch ne Meldung heute, dass die USA China vor die WTO wegen Produktpiraterei bringen will....
die Achse Russland/China + Kaukasusländer sollte man nicht unterschätzen in der Zukunft...gibt dort auch ne Menge Öl..
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations Security Council is meeting today on a resolution demanding that Syria cooperate with a probe into the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister or face possible sanctions.
The United States, France and Britain remained at odds with Russia and China Sunday over the proposal. But U.S. Ambassador John Bolton predicted the resolution will be approved at a Security Council meeting to be attended by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other foreign ministers.
Rice hosted a dinner Sunday evening at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York for the foreign ministers of the four other permanent members of the Security Council - Russia's Sergey Lavrov, China's Li Zhaoxing, Britain's Jack Straw and France's Philippe Douste-Blazy. The meeting with the four other veto-wielding Security Council powers was the last opportunity to change the text ahead of Monday morning's vote.
The draft resolution strongly backs a report by the U.N. investigating commission led by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, which implicated top Syrian and Lebanese security officials in the Feb. 14 bombing that killed Hariri and 20 others. The report also accused Syria of not cooperating fully with the probe.
Foreign ministers from almost all 15 council nations were expected to cast votes, a high-level presence that Washington and its allies hope will send a message to Damascus about the seriousness of international concern at its failure to cooperate in the probe of Rafik Hariri's assassination.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa also flew to New York Sunday to attend the council session and meet some of the foreign ministers and Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
All 15 Security Council members support the resolution's demand for Syria's full cooperation. But the United States, France and Britain are insisting on the threat of sanctions to put added pressure on Syria to comply.
Russia, China and Algeria, a non-permanent council member and its only Arab representative, oppose the threat of sanctions, saying that would be premature given that the U.N. investigation into Hariri's assassination has been extended until Dec. 15 and no final results have been produced.
Russia's Lavrov and China's Li, who met for about 45 minutes before Rice's dinner, refused to say how they will vote. "Just wait and see," said Li.
Bolton said Friday the resolution has the nine "yes" votes required for adoption, and will likely have more by the time of the vote. "I don't foresee a veto," he said, a view echoed by his French and British co-sponsors.
Britain's U.N. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said that adoption of the resolution by foreign ministers "is to show the intensity of the concern, and to make it very clear at the highest level what we expect."
If the co-sponsors want unanimous support from all 15 council nations, they will have to drop the sanctions threat, diplomats said privately.
The resolution would require Syria to detain anyone the U.N. investigators consider a suspect and to let investigators determine the location and conditions under which the individual would be questioned. It would freeze assets and impose a travel ban on anyone identified as a suspect by the commission.
If Syria does not fully cooperate with the investigation, the draft says the council intends to consider "further measures," including sanctions, "to ensure compliance by Syria."
As al-Sharaa headed to New York, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Walid Moallem toured Gulf countries in what appeared to be an effort to rally Arab support ahead of Monday's council meeting.
Syria's official news agency, SANA, quoted Moallem as saying he was bearing a message from President Bashar Assad to the leaders of Gulf countries concerning "the dangers Syria faces" as a result of the U.N. action.
Moallem visited Saudi Arabia Saturday, where he delivered a message from Assad to King Abdullah "on the current situation in the region ... and the debate under way in the Security Council concerning the (Hariri) investigation," SANA said.
Moallem traveled to Qatar on Sunday where he told reporters the resolution was prepared in Washington, Paris and London prior to the release of the U.N. investigation.
SANA quoted him as saying the resolution was "dangerous" and aimed at hurting Syria, not uncovering the truth in the Hariri assassination. But Moallem said Syria will "continue to cooperate" with the U.N. investigation despite "legal and political gaps in its report."
Assad on Saturday ordered a judicial committee be formed to investigate Hariri's assassination.
The announcement, which could be aimed at deflecting heat over accusations that Syria has not been fully cooperating with U.N. efforts to find Hariri's killers, follows Mehlis' call for Syria to conduct its own investigation into the assassination to help "fill in the gaps" about who orchestrated the killing.
A presidential decree said the new committee will cooperate with Mehlis' investigation commission and Lebanese judicial authorities.
While Syria has rejected accusations of its involvement in Hariri's killing, it did buckle under international pressure and withdrew its soldiers from Lebanon in April, ending a 29-year presence in its smaller neighbor.