Russia calls on Syria to probe civilian deaths

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Russia on Thursday called on its Middle East ally Syria to conduct a thorough probe into those responsible for killing civilians during the country's month-long uprising.

"We expect Damascus to conduct an effective and transparent probe into excesses that resulted in the loss of life," ITAR-TASS quoted foreign ministry spokesman Alexei Sazonov as saying.

He added that Russia expected "the guilty to be brought to responsibility."

Russia on Wednesday warned Western powers on the UN Security Council against "outside interference" in the Syrian strife.

The Security Council has failed to agree a joint statement condemning the violence in which hundreds have died.

© 2011 AFP

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