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Washington, Asharq Al-Awsat- the US State Department says that Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman has asked to meet Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby and Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin-Jassim when they arrive at the United Nations in order to convey to them the results of his visit to Russia, while western ambassadors in a secret UN Security Council session warned the Russian ambassador that his country would be isolated, and said to him: “You will regret it when the Syrian revolution prevails.”

A diplomatic source at the United Nations in New York has revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that, “Between the lines of the diplomatic phrases, the western ambassadors, who presented the draft resolution, warn the Russian ambassador that his country has become extremely isolated, not only at the UN Security Council, but also at the level of its international reputation. The ambassadors have said that even China is no longer enthusiastic to defend Al-Assad’s regime despite the fact that it can use the veto again against the draft western resolution. They have told the Russian ambassador that the anger of the Syrian people with Russia has become apparent in the demonstrations and slogans and chanting of the demonstrators in Syria. They have told him that the Russians will regret it when the Syrian revolution prevails. They have said that it seems that Russia has not learned the lesson from supporting the former Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi, and from supporting the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and it has become known in the Arab spring for supporting the dictatorial leaders, even when the time of their departure approaches.”

According to the diplomatic source, the UN Security Council schedule is as follows: After the closed session, on Monday (today) there is an official session to discuss the Arab-western draft resolution, on Tuesday (tomorrow) there will be the speeches of Nabil Elaraby and Sheikh Hamad Bin-Jassim, and on Wednesday there will be the voting.

The UN source went on to say that the Arab-western draft resolution includes many concessions with the aim of winning the support of Russia. The most important of these concessions is that the draft does not include a ban on sending weapons, does not include sanctions, does not call for toppling Al-Assad, and does not refer to the use of force.