Obama slams Russia for blocking UN Syria action
Western powers pushed forward Tuesday with a United Nations resolution threatening sanctions against Syria despite Russia's veto threat, with President Barack Obama sharply criticizing Moscow's opposition to a measure to help millions in desperate need of humanitarian


The resolution, which expresses the Security Council's intention to impose sanctions if the Syrian government does not allow unrestricted aid deliveries to civilians caught in the fighting, was circulated among the 15 council members. Western countries made clear they had no intention of dropping the proposal despite Russia's vow to block it a day earlier.


Obama, speaking at a joint news conference in Washington with French President Francois Hollande, said there is "great unanimity among most of the Security Council" in favor of the resolution and "Russia is a holdout." (AP)