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    Russia is against any UN resolution on Syria as the situation in the country is not threatening to global security, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

    Russia is against any UN resolution on Syria as the situation in the country is not threatening to global security, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

    Britain and France submitted a new draft resolution on Syria on Wednesday. The UN Security Council will vote on the document in the next few days.

    "The Russian president has repeatedly said Russia opposes any UN Security Council resolution on Syria," Lukashevich said. "The situation in the country does not pose any threat to international peace and security."

    Russia is a permanent UN Security Council member with veto-wielding power.

    Lukashevich said "extremist calls, including from the so-called foreign-based opposition to topple the regime and avoid all-national dialogue are not helping to calm the situation."

    He added that Russia was increasingly concerned over reports about radicals' moving to confrontation with military and law enforcement officials, which only further escalates the situation and breeds violence.

    Unrest in Syria began in mid-March and has swept the northwestern and western parts of the country and the area near the capital Damascus.

    At least 1,200 people have been killed in protests, according to the opposition and human rights organizations. Syrian authorities have put the blame on gunmen relying on support from outside the country.

    MOSCOW, June 9 (RIA Novosti)

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