Says It Will Not Allow Syria No-fly Zones
June 17, 2013
Clearing House - "Reuters"
-- MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, a veto-wielding member of the U.N.
Security Council, will not permit no-fly zones to be imposed
over Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich
said on Monday.
"I think we fundamentally will not allow this scenario,"
Lukashevich told a news briefing, adding that calls for a no-fly
zone showed disrespect for international law.
Lukashevich spoke before planned talks between President
Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines
of a G8 summit in Northern Ireland which were expected to focus
on the conflict in Syria that has killed at least 93,000 people.
Russia and the United States are trying to bring representatives
of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his foes to the
negotiating table, but Moscow has criticized U.S. plans to arm
rebel forces and to consider imposing a no-fly zone.
"All these maneuvers about no-fly zones and humanitarian
corridors are a direct consequence of a lack of respect for
international law," Lukashevich said.
He said Russia did not want a scenario in Syria that resembled
the events in Libya after the imposition of a no-fly zone which
enabled NATO aircraft to help rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi.
(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska,; Writing by Steve Gutterman,
Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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