Russia's president Vladimir Putin said he does not support military intervention in Syria by western countries to tackle the ongoing the civil unrest in which more than a hundred people died, media reports said Friday.
Putin, who is under pressure from the U.S. and its allies to toughen Russia's stance against Syria, expressed his fears of the ongoing conflict worsening and turning into a full-blown civil war. He said despite having close ties with Syria, Russia supports neither the rebel forces nor the Syrian government in last month's massacre in Houla.
Putin's comments, which came during his visits to Germany and France, hinted at Russia's outright rejection of imposing sanctions against Syria and allowing the forceful intervention of the United Nations Security Council in the Middle East country.
Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights Council has condemned the killing of more than 100 civilians in the Syrian village of Houla last week, and called for an "international, transparent, independent and prompt investigation" into the incident.
The 47-member Council also passed a US-backed resolution blaming "pro-regime elements" in Syria as well as government troops for the massacre in the Houla.
by RTT Staff Writer
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