Syria different from Libya: Russia

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed Friday that "the Syrian situation is dramatically different from the situation in Libya" amid calls for action against Damascus.

Ryabkov made the declaration at Deauville in northwestern France where G8 leaders have been calling for action against the Damascus regime for its ongoing bloody repression of pro-democracy protests.

A draft G8 statement softened an earlier threat of United Nations Security Council sanctions if Damascus continued its oppression following pressure from ally Russia to warn simply of "further measures".

© 2011 AFP

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