Clinton: Russia seen as supporting Assad regime

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Russia's stance on the conflict in Syria was seen as supporting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

I repeat the appeal that I have made to Russia because their position of claiming not to take a position is certainly viewed in the Security Council, in Damascus and elsewhere, as a position supporting the continuity of the Assad regime.

And if Russia is prepared, as President Putin's remarks seem to suggest, to work with the international community to come together to plan a political transition, we will certainly be ready to co-operate.

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2.5 million Syrians 'need aid'

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said 2.5 million people were in need of aid in Syria. She urged government forces and rebels to do more to protect civilians.