Moscow had warned it would oppose the resolution which called for Assad to hand over power to his deputy, form a unity government to oversee writing a new constitution, and parliamentary and presidential elections. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the resolution made too few demands on anti-government armed groups and that it would “prejudge” the outcome of a national dialogue. Both Russia and China also said the resolution could be interpreted as a call for Assad’s ouster. Before the UN voted on the new resolution, Russia announced that Lavrov will visit Damascus on February 7 to hold talks with Assad.
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