The UN Security Council met yesterday to discuss support for an "Arab led resolution" to the continuing violence in Syria. Discussions are expected to continue today, with a vote likely at some point between tomorrow and next Tuesday.
However Russia has made it absolutely clear over the last two days in particular that it will not support the British led doctrine of regime change, which has replaced the out dated notion of national sovereignty.
Russian United Nations Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the media yesterday:
Moscow does not intend to make any concessions in the U.N. Security Council over the draft resolution on Syria ... The Council cannot dictate parameters for an internal political settlement; it has no authority for it. The international community should not be meddling in economic sanctions or through the use of military force. We will not stand for any sanctions resolution or using the council's tool box to foment conflict and military intervention in the future.
If the text will be unacceptable for us, we will vote against it, of course. If it is a text that we consider erroneous, that will lead to a worsening of the crisis, we will not allow it to be passed. That is unequivocal.
Russia has the support of China and India for this position.
Meanwhile, the British media continues to promote Foreign Office propaganda against President Assad, although at least the pretence that there is no Turkish armed opposition has now been dropped.