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.
An air strike by a Syrian plane in the northern rebel-held town of Azaz killed 30 people and wounded scores of others, a local doctor said.
The UN Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has admitted he is "frustrated and impatient" over the continued violence and killing in Syria.
So after weeks of insisting his peace mission is the only game in town, it might be that Kofi Annan is preparing to pack up and leave.