French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday pressed Russia over its stance on the conflict in Syria and described the continued bloodshed there as "unacceptable and intolerable."
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"The Russians must understand that they cannot be seen as the only ones or almost the only ones hindering the search for a solution," he said.
Hollande's remarks came after Russia vowed to veto a Western-backed UN Security Council resolution that threatens sanctions against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"We are more committed than ever to the adoption of the draft resolution," a spokesman for the French foreign ministry said earlier in the day, playing down claims that the resolution could open the way to a military intervention in Syria.