Following the veto from Russia and China at the UN, what can the international community do to end the violence in Syria?
Andrei Ostalski, former editor of BBC Russian Service, says the Russians see the whole Arab Spring as a "global conspiracy" by the West.
There is a cynical interpretation that "snapping" the West will bring votes in Russia, but it is a "short-sighted strategy", he adds.
London-based Syrian broadcaster and writer Rana Kabbani says Syrians are "outraged" at the Russian position, which is reminiscent of the former Soviet Union's support for dictatorships.
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