Islam Times: Politicians in Russia's lower house sent a stark warning to the West not to force regime change as Barack Obama condemned the "outrageous bloodshed" in the besieged city of Homs.
During a parliamentary debate Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee, said Russia strongly opposed another "operation to promote democracy".
The tone of the discussion and firm support for the Kremlin's tactic of shielding the Syrian regime sent shockwaves through the UN Security Council members, some of who still hoped Russia would lift its veto against sanctions.
The other reason for Russia going in to a collision course with the US is that Some Washington insiders now believe the only way to stop the brutal crackdown on Syria's rebels is military intervention - a view several US analysts claim is mirrored by some in the White House. This stance from the US is not appreciates by the Russians.
The stand-off came as the violence spread to Syria's largest city Aleppo where rebels planted bombs near two security compounds. The attacks at the heart of President Assad's stronghold are the most audacious yet by the Free Syrian Army.
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