Russia presents another draft UN resolution on terrorism in Syria

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Moscow had presented a draft UN Security Council resolution on "fighting terrorism" in Syria in addition to its attempt at a resolution on aid access there.

Moscow's calls for a resolution condemning acts of "terrorism" are in tune with rhetoric from Damascus, which uses the term to describe all those fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

"Terrorism is certainly no less acute a problem (than the humanitarian crisis)," Mr Lavrov told a news conference after talks with his Egyptian counterpart, saying it causes suffering among Syrians and in neighbouring countries.

Moscow earlier this week made clear it would reject a Western-Arab draft resolution on humanitarian aid access in Syria in its existing form, saying it was biased against the government of Mr Assad.

Mr Lavrov said Russia's own draft on aid access set out "our vision of the role the Security Council can play if we want to foster a solution to the problems and not antagonise one side or the other".

Russia is a long-standing arms supplier to Syria and has been Mr Assad's most powerful international protector during the three-year-old civil conflict, joining China in blocking three Western-backed resolutions aimed to put pressure on Damascus.

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