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A day after France described the lack of a firm U.N. stance against Damascus as a scandal, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sept. 12 recent U.S. and European sanctions on Syria meant "additional pressure now is absolutely not needed in this direction."

Russia, which has a naval base in Syria and major oil and gas concessions, and China — both veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council — have resisted efforts by Washington and its European allies to toughen the international response to Syria’s repression of nearly six months of protests.

Assad has reacted to the uprising, inspired by revolts which have toppled three North African leaders this year, with military assaults on protest centres and mass arrests.

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