'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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By bluntly using its veto power to block a U.N. resolution urging Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, Russia has shown a willingness to defy the West at a scale rarely seen since the Cold War times.
Russia offered Friday to mediate the exit of Libya's longtime leader, cranking up pressure on Moammar Gadhafi as France and Britain seek to intensify their bombing campaign.
"Russia's position will not inflict any more damage to its standing in the Arab world," said Yevgeny Satanovsky, president of the independent Middle East Institute in
Satanovsky said that Gadhafi's unpredictability leaves little room for a tangible prediction of what will happen if Russia steps in as a mediator.