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US welcomes Russian shift on Syria at UN Security Council but won't back draft resolution
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration says it's pleased that Russia has decided to support U.N. Security Council action aimed at halting violence in Syria. But officials say the administration won't support Russia's proposed resolution on the matter unless changes are made.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that Russia's introduction of a Security Council resolution on Syria was an "important step." He said it's a sign the international community is coming together to oppose the Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on reformers. The State Department called the Russian move "good news" but said the U.S. wouldn't vote for the resolution unless it distinguishes between the actions of peaceful protesters and the government.
Russia had previously opposed U.N. action on Syria.