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Clinton wants to put pressure on Russia in the Syrian issue

2012-07-18 12:21

The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes the international community should exert influence on Russia to make it agree to accept the Western draft resolution on Syria, the reported. The draft includes the introduction of economic and financial sanctions against the Arab Republic.


According to the U.S. Secretary of State, the document must be a signal to the Syrian leader Bashar Assad that his days in power are numbered.

"We are trying to persuade Russia to cooperate with us. Therefore, we want the rest of the world to put pressure on Russia in the UN Security Council in order to make them to support a resolution under the Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which would allow us to take very tough sanctions against individuals and institutions supporting the ruling regime", the Interfax led Clinton's words.

"It will be the clearest signal to Assad, testifying that his days are numbered. While Iran supports him, while Russia is not sure whether to act against him in a more decisive manner or not, he feels that he can go ahead", Hillary Clinton said. "We are trying to intervene to put an end to violence and to ensure the transition to a democratic future ... Naturally, we are trying to win over skeptical countries, mainly Russia and China; we have tried to convince them and to provide humanitarian assistance to neighboring countries, hosting the refugees".

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