Russia slams UN Syria draft resolution

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MOSCOW (AP) -- A top Russian diplomat has assailed a Western-Arab draft U.N. resolution on Syria as pushing the country on the "path to civil war."

"The Western draft Security Council resolution on Syria does not lead to a search for compromise," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "Pushing this resolution is a path to civil war."

Gatilov in an interview with the Interfax news agency also criticized the draft resolution as "leaving a window of opportunity for intervention in Syrian affairs."

Russia has been an active supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, although Russian diplomats hosted Syrian opposition leaders late last year. Russia is now inviting both parties for peace talks in Moscow.