The Syrian president has until Saturday to stop the violent crackdown on protesters and allow a monitoring team into the country. That's the ultimatum from the Arab League which threatens to tighten the financial noose around the regime, by slapping down heavy sanctions. And while the drum beats louder for international pressure against Bashar al-Assad, there are fears it may only make a bad situation worse.
The Arab League's mounting pressure on Syria is being seen as little more than doing the West's bidding. That's in the eyes of Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin.
Germany, Britain and France are pressing for a UN resolution, condemning Syria's human rights violations. And while the opposition and the regime play a blame-game over the rising death toll, some experts say the uprising is rooted outside the country.
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