After the dual Chinese- Russian veto that blocked UN sanctions against Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with members of his country's Security Council on Friday to discuss the latest developments on Syria.
The meeting came hours after the UN Security Council unanimously approved the British draft of extending the observers' mission in Syria for another month. Moscow considered the decision as an agreement from all parties to end violence.
According to Russian Ambassador to UN Security Council Vitaly Churkin, "Moscow and Beijing led the West to approve on this amendment, particularly on the changes that have been made to the resolution's text to add some balance."
As he headed the Russian Security Council meeting, Putin warned of any Western attempt to act without the UN Security Council's approval.
Putin cautioned the West that "such act will be inefficient and will undermine the authority of this international organization."
The meeting was attended by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the heads of the Duma Valenatvienko and Sergei Naryshkin, Chairman of the Presidium of the State, Sergei Ivanov, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, the director of the Federal Security Alexander Bortnikov and Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Mikhail Fradkov.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Putin refused to hold Syria responsibility for the aggravation of violence. He further accused the West of inciting the Syrian opposition to escalate violence in a time when Russia strives to find a political solution to the crisis.
By this, Putin set an outline and red lines to his National Security Council in determining the Russian policy. This foreign policy went into confrontation that might shape the international political map for the next hundred years.
Source: al-Intiqad, translated and edited by moqawama.org