Russia will urge Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to launch urgent reforms when Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Damascus on Tuesday, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The statement said Mr. Lavrov would meet the Syrian leader to promoting “an early stabilisation of the situation in Syria along the path of urgent democratic reforms.”

Moscow blamed Western nations for the outcome at the United Nations.

Moscow and Beijing “were forced” to veto the “unbalanced draft”. The draft failed to incorporate the Russian proposal to demand that the Syrian opposition “dissociate itself from extremist elements who have embarked on the path of violence” and to call on U.N. member-states to “restrain” them.

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