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UN diplomat: Russia tables rival Syria resolution

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 | 5:58 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. diplomat says Russia has presented a rival U.N. resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Syria to key Security Council members after threatening to veto a Western and Arab-backed measure threatening sanctions against President Bashar Assad's government.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin gave the text to the four other permanent council members — the U.S., Britain, France and China — at a meeting late Wednesday, the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

The Russian draft includes parts of the Western and Arab text and negotiations were expected to see if the two texts can be merged, the diplomat said.

Western diplomats said their goal is to get council agreement on a resolution demanding immediate access to all areas of Syria to deliver aid.