Russia Plans Veto of Security Council Resolution on Syria
A Russian official says a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on humanitarian aid for Syria has been crafted as a precursor for military intervention, and that Russia will not let it pass.
Russian media quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov saying Wednesday that the resolution is "unacceptable" in its current form. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called the measure a one-sided effort to blame the Syrian government.
U.S. President Barack Obama said in a joint news conference Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande that aside from Russia, there is "great unanimity" among the council on the resolution to give greater access to aid workers.
Obamas Host French President at State Dinner
U.S. President Barack has hosted French President Francois Hollande at a state dinner filled with business leaders, political donors, and Hollywood celebrities.
Mr. Hollande, who recently announced his split with longtime partner Valerie Trierweiler, was seated between Mr. and Mrs. Obama, in a heated outdoor tent that accommodated a crowd of 350.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Obama praised the "enduring alliance" between France and the United States. Mr. Obama said the two countries' alliance "has never been stronger", calling it "much deeper" than it was 20 years ago. Mr. Hollande added, the two countries' "now trust each other in an unprecedented manner."
Talks between the two leaders Tuesday covered Iran nuclear negotiations, Syria, counter-terrorism efforts in Africa, trade, economic issues, and climate change.
On Wednesday, Mr. Hollande is to travel to California to meet with business leaders in Silicon Valley.