Russia says UN resolution on Syria attack is too soon

It is understood Russia will tell the UN Security Council it must wait for inspectors to report on an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria before considering a response.

Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov, quoted by the Interfax news agency, outlined the stance before today's meeting to consider Britain's draft resolution.

The UK motion authorises "necessary measures to protect Syrian civilians", understood to be targeted military strikes on the Assad regime.

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West 'threatening Syria solution'

The Russian Ambassador to the UK has accused the West of "deliberately undermining chances for a political solution in Syria" by pushing for military action. The US has said Syria must be held accountable for its "heinous" chemical weapons attack.