Russia says it is against a proposal to restrict the veto power of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
"We cannot agree with the idea to restrict the veto power of the five permanent members," said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Tuesday.
The French proposal on limiting the permanent members' power of veto "have become more active of late," he said.
French President Francois Hollande's government is actively pursuing the idea to limit the use of veto by the UN Security Council's five permanent members, namely, Russia, France, China, the United States and Britain, in dealing with crimes regarded as mass atrocities.
The high-ranking Russian diplomat argued that limiting the use of the veto power in special cases "would mean a deviation from the principle of unanimity of permanent members... the system of checks and balances."
Russia has exercised its veto power four times since 2011 to block resolutions against the Syrian government.